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CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
4.9
2753 reviews
£41 and over
British
Chef Clare Smyth’s first restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth, opened its doors August 2017.

Located in London’s Notting Hill at 92 Kensington Park Road, Core by Clare Smyth is a modern fine dining restaurant with a strong British ethos, in an elegant, relaxed interior.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 6:30 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:15 pm

  • Phone number

    020 3937 5086

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Executive Chef

    Clare Smyth

  • Private party contact

    Alison Labesse: 020 3937 5086

  • Area

    Notting Hill

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens<br />8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at Core by Clare Smyth

    £260.00 per person

    Prepaid

    14 Feb 2023 only
    Enjoy an unmissable dinner experience at Core by Clare Smyth. A tasting menu personally created by Chef Clare Smyth to celebrate Valentine's Day - £260 per person T&C: 1. Tables for the first sitting are required back after 3h from booking time. 2. Regular menu will not be available on the day; 3. We hold a 14 days cancellation policy. Please note that deposit will not be refunded if you wish to cancel your booking after the 1st of February 2023.

What 2,753 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • London

    Best Overall

  • London

    Best Service

  • London

    British

  • West London

    Best Overall

  • West London

    Best Food

  • West London

    Best Service

  • West London

    Best Ambience

  • West London

    Innovative

  • West London

    Great for fine wines

  • West London

    Good for special occasions

  • West London

    British

  • West London

    Most Booked

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  1. JM

    JanieM

    Oxford

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, what an experience. Having dined at various Michelin restaurants in the UK, Core is by far the best so far. The food was beyond amazing as was the service. 2 of us had the core taster menu and 2 had the seasonal taster, every single mouthful was a flavour sensation we will never forget. It was lovely to see Claire too. Claire definitely deserves her 3 stars and more. I can’t wait to go back.
  2. AS

    AdrianS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My second time to Core in a number of years. Still producing exceptional food to the highest standard. We were acknowledged by the kitchen staff on arrival and staff were attentive and extremely accommodating throughout the evening. We had both tasting menus and both were delightful. I couldn't fault the food here and Clare even had time to chat with us. We will return to Core in the near future. Highly recommend.
  3. SS

    SeanS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service, the experience were second to none!
  4. HG

    HelenG

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing from the welcome to the goodbye to the bit in between and oh yes the food simply unique . What an experience
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First class, wonderful food and service delivered with a relaxed vibe
  6. JC

    JonC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expensive but worth it. I’ll go again when I’ve saved up.
  7. P

    Pioneer

    San Antonio

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was exceptional and very engaged and positive. Food just was unbelievable- creative but fun and great. Nice to see Claire in the kitchen and out with customers
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    50th birthday
  9. K

    Kamol

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best experience so far, very difficult to choose one of the courses and say this is the best as of all of them were best in top rank!
  10. G

    Garry

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way…
  11. MS

    MiteshS

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service exceptional as usual.
  12. FM

    FarookM

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely meal - the mains of wagyu & oyster were a bit of a let down.
  13. JN

    JacquiN

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is perfect and I can’t wait to go back. There are no faults. I am in awe of food, style, service the people everything. I love it
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food, service and experience of any restaurant I have been to. We regularly eat in Michelin star establishments but this truly is in a class of its own. Don’t hesitate to save and book for a special occasion. Exquisite.
  15. O

    Opor

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food and excellent service.
  16. SM

    SharonM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our most enjoyable dining experiences in years. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unreal!!!!!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First class in every way
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was for a birthday celebration and from the moment we stepped through the door we were greeted like returning friends although this was our first visit. All the staff were professional, friendly and well informed. The food was beautifully presented with floral accessories and stunning settings. Food quality and flavour was outstanding. Restaurant ambiance was cosy but with enthusiastic energy from the staff. We enjoyed the explanation of the starters by one of the chefs, at the table, bringing a more in depth view of the dishes. There was time to chat to our servers about the food and wine and never any feeling of being hurried. Wine recommendations were excellent without trying to push overly expensive bottles. This was our first time at Core but we have eaten at many other 3 star restaurants. Core managed to bring another layer to the experience without gimmicks or being flashy, Core is now one of my favourites. Well done and thank you, we will return.
  20. JT

    JackieT

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was everything we expected and more … The Food The Service The Atmosphere A truly wonderful Dining experience what an absolute Treat
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very special lunch for my husband’s birthday.
  22. r

    reenao

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal. Definitely recommend. No complaints.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service as you would expect at this level but annoyed by the constant water topping up. For me too much hustle & bustle around the tables which would decrease if water was left alone. Food is very good but some dishes like canapés petit fours need to change as have had a number of times over the last few years.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My favourite restaurant in the world , and in my neighbourhood as well ( less than 10 mins’ walk from where I live ) ! Exceptional , innovative cuisine ( celebrating the best of British) ; superb wine list ( and , I am an oenophile ) ; Core’s helpful, friendly team guiding diners through ineffably sublime menu(s); so, big , big thank you to Clare Smyth and everyone at Core !
  25. JP

    JamesP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great treat. Service was impeccable, from reception, welcome from the kitchen team, service and on the way out. The dishes were full of flavour, beautifully presented and knowledgeably delivered. Wine list is extensive for those with deep pockets or by the glass. Saving pennies (£s) to be able to go again. Memorable for all the right reasons.
  26. JH

    JohnH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our take on CORE… It was amazing 🤩 Sharon thinks it was the best dining experience ever. ( i.e. The Inn at little Washington only modern ) Enjoyed chatting to many of the team (including Clare) - everyone very friendly
  27. P

    Paul

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great treat to go to core. Food, Service, wine choice all exceptionall……Love it!
  28. j

    joannebell

    Manchester

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This experience was five star dining at its best, everything we wished for. There is a warmth with this restaurant and the food is world class. Clare made time to speak to us, she is genuinely warm and welcoming. You and your staff are a credit and you deserve all your success. We cannot wait to return. Thank you.
  29. T

    Tony

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a phenomenal experience, especially when walking to our table and immediately being greeted by Clare Smyth and her team. The service was outstanding and the staff was very attentive and friendly. The dishes’ presentation was great, but flavors were lacking. The venison dish was the only dish I’ve had at a Michelin-starred restaurant that I couldn’t finish in its entirety (the flavors were a bit odd to me and it was difficult for me to finish). I would absolutely come back, perhaps trying the Seasons menu or if the venison dish is swapped with something else.
  30. AS

    AaronS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptionally rewarding dining experience. Unique in every regard: precise qualities in each item: flavors, textures, and presentations. We will never forget Jan 6 2023!!
  31. GN

    GaryN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining experience - great food, service & ambience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely delicious meal at CORE. The staff were outstanding, friendly and extremely knowledgeable in all of their fields. From the wonderful welcome from the kitchen staff on our arrival to the team’s accommodation of the fact we tend to be long-lunchers. A superb day had by all and we’ve already booked again to go back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    stunning food and service
  34. MP

    MariaP

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great presentation very exciting tastes.The best service Fantastic ambience!!!
  35. JK

    JeremyK

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing, and you really don't see such effort anywhere else. A unique experience, and one I am very fortunate to have been able to experience.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    France

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Loved every minute of the experience! Gorgeous interior. Bathroom was clean.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    全ての味付けが濃く、塩気がとても強い。 ちょっとガッカリでした。
  38. C

    Chloe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible. Exceeded all expectations for what I already knew would be an amazing experience. Blown away and if the opportunity allows I would return in a heartbeat.
  39. c

    charlesy

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    If you look for value for money, this place is not worth it.
  40. M

    Markie

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent from start to finish. Fantastic food and service. If you get chance to try the Lobster roll it's excellent. Thank you for a great New Years Eve lunch.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

CORE by Clare Smyth is rated 4.9 stars by 2753 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for CORE by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PN

Additional information

  • Area

    Notting Hill

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 6:30 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary European, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    52-452 Bus lines, Stop: Stanley Gardens8 minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Clare Smyth

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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