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CORE by Clare Smyth

4.9
4.9
2469 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

9:30 PM


Booked 21 times today

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

  • Neighborhood

    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

What 2,469 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

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

  • London

    Best Ambiance

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    British

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • West London

    Best Service

  • West London

    Best Ambiance

  • West London

    Best Value

  • West London

    Notable Wine List

  • West London

    Special Occasion

  • West London

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  1. A

    Alex

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Core to celebrate my girlfriend’s 30th birthday and everything was absolutely spotless! Special mention to their waiting staff who are, in my opinion, truly the best in this industry. We had the Core Seasons tasting menu and every dish was a true representation of Clare Smyth’s talent and creativity. Definitely recommended for a special occasion if you want to treat yourself and other relatives!
  2. J

    Jayteedee

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful. Dining and ambiance were fantastic. Treated like royalty. Don’t miss it if you travel to london
  3. JS

    JulianS

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible. Speechless. Immaculate service, stunning wine and food that transcends.
  4. d

    davide

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply stunning - food, service, wine - total joy
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience, we can’t wait to return
  6. JD

    JDWAN

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is indeed one of my best ever dining experience in London. Every dish is amazing in particular the amuse- bouche and dessert! So much surprise over the whole meal! Will come back for sure!
  7. HE

    HollyE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both food and service were impeccable. A fantastic 3 Michelin star splurge!
  8. P

    Pauline

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable &amp; the food sublime, we even got to speak to Clare Smythe herself - just amazing.
  9. IG

    IriG

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent, the desert was a let down. A bit plane, tasteless and not very exciting choice of the deserts. The rest of the dishes were fantastic. The first little dishes were our favourite! Great selection of wines and spirits! Amazing service!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Very relaxed
  11. R

    Rose

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Michelin star restaurants in London The food was absolutely amazing especially the strawberry dessert at the end
  12. SM

    ScottM

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Worthy of 3 Michelin stars
  13. A

    Aria

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    friendliest fine dining I've been to. Decore and space was amazing
  14. AM

    AndrewM

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally amazing
  15. TR

    TeresaR

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening at Core, all encounters with the team from kitchen to front of house enhanced the dining experience, it feels very personal, inclusive and friendly. Food delicious from the first bite to the last.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible from start to finish.
  17. AB

    AdamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinning at Core was a magnificent experience, the food, the service, and the atmosphere were absolutely mind-blowing.
  18. K

    Kingy

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First class service, food and drink from start to finish…would absolutely recommend Core!!
  19. GD

    GerryD

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great restaurant. My second visit and as soon as you enter you know you are in for something special even before the food and drink arrive. Such good staff in all respects. Then the food. Every course was special and how they arrive at some of the flavours is amazing. I booked again as I was leaving.
  20. TM

    TrevorM

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best Great food and service Would recommend
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, loved the food and service. Recommend this for anybody looking for something out of the ordinary!
  22. OG

    OngG

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu was carefully thought of. Each course was sublime.Sequencing made sense. Wine pairing was amazing. Service was unparalleled . If I could I give a score above 100 I would . I cannot wait to go back. I’ve had experiences in other 3 Michelin starred restaurants but Core is now a favorite. It is perfection
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressed by the Core Seasons
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    perfection!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere! We really loved it and we are looking forward to eating there again!
  26. B

    Brianna

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we’ve had in London. Service was flawless and the seasons menu was really impressive. Seeing Chef Clare at work was a positive. Definitely recommend and we’d love to come back.
  27. JW

    JayW

    London

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most impressive Michelin 2-star places I have ever been to. Go, you won't regret it
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great evening slightly marred by overcharging us by one meal. But quickly sorted out the next day. (Wine and auditing bills do not mix)
  29. D

    Dave

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are few experiences in my life that are comparable to the French Laundry (famously described by Anthony Bourdain as the best restaurant in the world) and this is one of them. What Claire Symth as done here is the remarkable. The foot is outstanding, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere is superb. It is easy to balk at the price tag and assume that something cannot be worth that price. I would urge you to fight this belief and experience the majesty for yourself.
  30. PK

    PunsireeK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Not as expected in term of food, service and ambient
  31. A

    Avtsar

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I must admit the mains were a bit lackluster. The starters and desserts were grand. Value overall is medium, you'd probably get a better bang for your quid at The Ritz.
  32. SS

    SamSang

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the seasons tasting menu. My friend swabbed a couple of dishes for some in the traditional tasting menu due to intolerances and they were perfectly lovely about that. The Core-Teser was our favourite, the desert was delicious. The wagyu beef was perfectly cooked and the veal sweetbread was surprisingly delicious. Everything was cooked perfectly. The turbot was also delicious, as was the crab and the entrees.
  33. AT

    AzuT

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    We were very looking forward to enjoying one of the three stars restaurants in London, and when we entered the place, the staffs were very kind, and the atmosphere was lovely(but overcrowded(should reduce the number of tables), so we thought that courses would be great. However, especially the Core classic course was terrible, assuming that trainees cooked and arranged without the chef's confirmation. In addition, the service was ok, but there was no big difference between ordinary restaurants in Soho(Careless, rough and irresponsible). I am expecting an improvement in the future.
  34. CT

    CelticTiger

    Cleveland

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A superb experience commencing with the understanding shown at reception to a change in circumstance. The food was both imaginative and delightful, putting a new spin on classic ingredients. Each course was superb and not one weak dish - would have happily eaten a second portion of each. The wine pairings also matched the food very well and included a couple of new editions to my palate. would definitely return and recommend.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exemplary food and service
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Food was excellent but it was extremely noisy during the meal. There was a £5 donation automatically adding to the bill without informing us.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    so amazing
  38. AS

    AnthonyS

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience sent the plates back clean as a whistle, worth the long wait to get a booking, will be back.
  39. E

    Expat10

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible. No words to describe. The best dining experience we have ever had. Truly special
  40. B

    Buckingham

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well worth the wait! Took months to get a table but glad I kept trying. Amazing food, service and wine. Not easy on the wallet but an amazing experience and worth the treat.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 2469 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for CORE by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road London, W11 2PN

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    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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