CORE by Clare Smyth
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.
Wonderful restaurant, from beginning to end a remarkable experience. It is insane that the restaurant is still given 2 stars by Michelin. Service is on point and they won’t interrupt your conversations every 5 seconds, like other restaurants with tasting menus.
We were fortunate to book a table at 1830 on a Saturday evening and ordered the tasting menu. Love the ‘potato & roe’ and lamb carrot’ the most as she made the vegetable to be the centre of the dish instead of the protein. Service was impeccable and highly recommended!
Amazing as always, we had classic core tasting menu, totally loved the experience
It was magical
On 2nd visit, CORE has retained everything we loved during our first visit. Food, menus, and presentation are extraordinary, only to be outdone by the service, decor, and ambiance. Creativity of presentations are, alone, enough to make CORE an outstanding example of what can be done with one's culinary imagination. But the intensity of flavors and their combinations render CORE unique in the world. The wait staff is "there" as necessary without being over-involved. Dining is such a comfortable experience that hours can pass without fidgeting or tiring of what's about to come next. A must-go, even from another continent.
Reception/bar area was rather busy and frantic when we arrived. However, dinner was amazing and the wine pairing excellent.
Core is the best restaurant in town this year. Well deserved 2 michelin stars, amazing experience
Simply incredible. Nothing else to say but I have to use 50 characters.
Utterly wonderful; food, service, wine and setting were all exquisite. Truly a fabulous experience and one of my most favourite lunches. Everything about this was spot on
Honest and Exquisite at the same time! We love Chef Clare’s food.
Booked here for my partners 50th celebrations. We were lucky enough to get the chefs table which was brilliant seeing everything going on in the kitchen from our table.
The food was delicious and the service was great too very attentive but not to stuffy and in your face which made for a very relaxed enjoyable meal. The wine the sommelier picked for us was perfect too.
From the amuse bouche to the desserts just amazing food. Creative dishes, beautifully presented. A true gastronomic experience.
There are just three words I would use. Fabulous, outstanding and amazing.
Fantastic place but only for a special occasion! We like to rank dishes in order and this was a real struggle as all were amazing. Hefty price tag but worth it for excellent ingredients and top quality service. Really attentive without being snooty - this is the kind of thing differentiates Core from many other Michelin restaurants. Also got to say hello to Clare in the kitcheb, again a really touch. My only caution would be, if they offer you a special course (truffle linguine for us) swap another course out as otherwise you will be too full at the end!!
Superb in every way as always Much better than Moor Hall
Fabulous. The best I have seen in London.
Food exquisite, staff so professional, lovely ambience... all in all superb!
Yesterday I went to @corebyclaresmyth It was on my list since when @chefclaresmyth got her 2 🌟 Michellin last year (with last than one year open. Took me 2 months to get availability for a Friday night at 10pm service. The restaurant located in Notting Hill it is in a beautiful house. A bar to wait and then you cross by the open kitchen where you can see Claire working and her team. Super friendly as everyone always says Hi, even her. The saloon has around 10 tables, and one big table is in front the kitchen. Super clean decor but the show is the food presentation. Each dish comes beautifully presented, some looks like art. We chose the Core Classics Tasting (7 amazingly dishes) £125 per person. But at the end it fees like 10 dishes, as there is some canapés per start, bread, and extra sweets at the end. Be prepared for at 2 hours indulgence of a foodie beautiful word. As I am allergic to shelfish they exchanged my scalops for a chicken with corn that was unbelievable. The potato was crazy melting, the sauces OMG. Monkfish it was one that my appetite didn’t appreciate much, too chewing. The lamb from god. I don’t like duck so they gave me a celeriac risotto with black truffle. I never thought celeriac could taste so perfect l. The quantity of truffle was amazing. Then the beautiful dessert clare apple and the pearl and verbenna. It was heaven dinner. My only disappointment was when I asked the waiter if I could take a picture with Clare she had already left. I was really looking forward to take a picture with her. And the most important was getting purpose in this beautiful meal and amazing food journey. Where they give preference to local and fresh seasonal products from England.
Excellent meal, service and ambiance, we will definitely be back!!
Welcoming atmosphere. Exquisite dishes of really delicious food.
We had an Amazing lunch. Core classic.
The potato dish, the isle of mull scallop, and the carrot with lamb were beyond delicious as were the sweets. Had the table for four just outside the viewing kitchen. The serving staff are about the best in the world. We have dined at Michelin Star restaurants around the world. Core deserves a third star. Clare Smyth is a true working genius. She was there all of lunch on 7 NOV 2019. Not a drive by chef like so many in this rarefied foodie world. We will book another visit soon.
From start to finish the experience was excellent. We had cocktails in the bar followed by a sublime meal. Staff were attentive but not obtrusive. All in all a wonderful lunch.
I've been fortunate enough to dine at some fantastic restaurants over the years, but there is an attention to detail at CORE that I don't think I've enoucntered anywhere else. The staff are incredibly courteous and attentive without being overbearing. I'd recommend the tasting menus (there were two of these to choose from when I visited) so that you can try a bit of everything. A thoroughly first-rate experience.
Didn't even have to think about this , I've been lucky enough to be in and out of London for the past 15 plus years ,and without a doubt the dinner I had last Tuesday was the best dining experience I've had in my life ,bar none . Food , service , ambience , it has the lot . I cannot recommend it highly enough .
We were initially anxious upon entering the restaurant to hear loud music and find other patrons using their mobile for texting and taking pictures. We would have left if not the Restaurant Director assuring us that the restaurant was quiet. As an additional plus we were given in our opinion the best table in the room. It was all uphill after that with the food taste and presentation magnificent. The only fault is too much food for our little stomachs. Forgot to add how great was the service, attentive, professional.
Of course it is not inexpensive and that is why I expected the ambiance to be quiet and devoid of mobiles (not possible in todays world)
One of the best restaurants within the UK by far! 2 stars at the moment but I'm sure Clare will get the third next year.
Every element of this restaurant works extremely well, I struggle to fault it.
Absolutely amazing experience! The food was unbelievable! We had the sky’s sting menu and every course was amazing. The staff were very friendly, which made the lunch even better as many “posh” restaurants do pretentious better than they do approachable. Loved every minute of it and will definitely be back!
We felt I bit rush might because of we were last costumers. Despite this everything was still great:)
Great service, fantastic food and a lovely ambience. Didn't expect to meet Clare Smyth and the team, but we did as we were leaving which was lovely.
The service was exceptional. Decor is both welcoming and cosy. We had the Seasonal tasting menu which was delicious. I enjoyed the first 4 or 5 courses more than the latter ones, not sure if it was because of feeling fuller or not. Overall, I thought it was very good and have recommended it to friends.
Lovely touch to be greeted by Clare and chef
Would be useful to know what meter parking is available ( i may have overlooked this)
This was our best meal in the city - and we had quite a selection during our trip. The attention to detail in the serving of these delectable courses was as amazing as the food itself. The food was absolutely out of this world with incredibly creative combinations. The staff were incredibly attentive but at the same time, the restaurant was not at all stuffy. The wine pairing we had was excellently curated and fabulous and we loved our Spanish wine steward! I would hasten to return on my next trip to London!
Spectacular restaurant; deserves 3 Michelin stars! Wonderful and carefully prepared delicious food so beautifully presented they are works of art. Service was attentive, friendly and well orchestrated. The ingredients of the dishes and characteristics of each were were well-explained. The room was quiet and tables not crowded together like most restaurants. Overall an outstanding experience!
Absolutely wonderful. Ticked every box. The staff were very friendly and professional from the moment we arrived until we left. Food was amazing and cannot wait to return. Booked for my wife’s birthday and it lived up to and surpassed any expectations we had.
Disappointing. My overall rating is only 2/5 because the restaurant refused to let me cancel my dinner reservation without a £200 penalty on a day that I was really unwell.
The dinner reservation was a wedding gift worth £300. I tried to reschedule to another date because I was very unwell and this was a special occasion, but was flatly refused and was told that my only options were to find friends to take my spot or pay the £200 penalty. Unhelpful.
I understand that many restaurants have strict booking policies. But it has also been my experience that wise managers who are committed to good service exercise some discretion on these matters - or find creative solutions.
Whilst the service during dinner was excellent, the restaurant needs to do better when it comes to delivering a good booking and reservations experience.
Simply outstanding. Refined and relaxed at the same time.
Outstanding composition and execution of the menu, and extremely well-matched wine flight. Excellent service.
What a fabulous experience. Totally unstuffy, modern, embrace all comers dining room. Food is spectacular - thoughtful, some traditional, some new flavours but really sublime. Calm kitchen and the most professional hosts in the dining space - attentive and charming. Nothing was rushed and we felt very comfortable. Had time to have a really good catch up with my birthday partner in crime. Now we’re planning our Spring lunch there. Can’t recommend highly enough if you want to experience delicious, seasonal food in a gracious setting