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Summary

£122
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The third Michelin star must be on its way” say fans of Clare Smyth’s “world class” one-year-old, which – after its “brilliant start” – is much “better than Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road” (her former gig); and was the most-nominated restaurant in the survey this year for providing London’s top gastronomic experience. Occupying the Notting Hill venue that some still recall as Leith’s (long RIP), she has created a “smart-but-unintimidating” space, where “superb, friendly, and unpompous staff” steer a course between “slight informality” (no tablecloths) and being “highly professional”. And “Clare and head chef Johnnie always make time to say hello”. “So much original thought has gone in” to the “masterfully-blended dishes, showing occasional idiosyncratic touches” to create “precise, exquisite morsels that look like art on a plate and taste fabulous (if at a high price tag)”. “Words aren’t enough to describe the journey your taste buds go on!”. “Unfortunately, however, it has become almost impossible to book”. Top Menu Tip – “I never thought a potato could taste that good!”

Summary

£115
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A flying start from the former head chef at Gordon Ramsay” – in this “unmissable” yearling, Clare Smyth “has finally created a fabulous restaurant on this difficult site” (most recently Notting Hill Kitchen, RIP, and in days of yore, Leith’s). “If she doesn’t get at least two Michelin stars this year, it will be astounding!” given the “ethereal cuisine she delivers with confidence, exuberance and pleasure”. “Outstanding produce is allowed to really sing in the dishes” – with the emphasis on two tasting menu options – and “seasonal ingredients (really – not just the lip service you sometimes hear) are centre stage, with an interesting and rare focus on vegetables”: “I mean, how on earth can you make a humble potato so attractive and so tasty? It’s magic!” .The “light and sophisticated” room “has a relaxed feel, no tablecloths or hushed tones” and – with the “faultless”, “friendly” service – the overall effect is “a pleasant, unusually relaxed and unpompous atmosphere”. “Attention to detail is amazing, and watching the kitchen staff quietly gliding between stations behind the pass, overseen by Clare, is like watching a theatre production” STOP PRESS: Having won the ‘Top Gastronomic’ award at the Harden’s London Restaurant awards, on October 1 Michelin followed suit with the award of two stars.

Summary

Clare Smyth, former ‘chef patron’ at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay – and the first British woman to hold three Michelin stars – chose this well-known site (previously Notting Hill Kitchen, RIP, and once the site of the original Leith’s) to launch her first solo venture in summer 2017.

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Core by Clare Smyth Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Core by Clare Smyth Restaurant in W11, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Core by Clare Smyth restaurant.
Lloyd S
Firstly let me say that it was absolutely g...
Reviewed 30 days ago

"Firstly let me say that it was absolutely great to be out in a restaurant again and to support the hospitality industry. I really couldn't have picked a better place to begin than with a return visit to Core. After enjoying a very quiet journey across london we arrived in Notting Hill to where we took the scenic route down portobello road before arriving at Core. We entered the restaurant and received a fabulous welcome back from the team before immediately using the hand sanitizer machine which has been installed at the front desk. We would then have normally sat at the bar and enjoyed one of Ale's amazing cocktails but due to the current situation the stools have had to be removed. So with this we took a table in the bar area which had been spaced out nicely so that would accommodate between eight to ten guests. My wife chose her favourite cocktail the Gin & Pickle whereas for myself I decided to try something new so opted for the Whiskey & Seaweed which I have to say was a fantastic cocktail and one that I will definitely recommend. Once we'd finished our drinks it was time to again sanitize our hands before moving into the dining room. On the way it was nice to have a chat with Clare , Jonny & Rob who with great delight also welcomed us back. You really could see the happiness on their faces that the restaurant was back open again and that so many of their regular diners had returned. We then continued on to our table which was one of the booths in the corner that gives you a great view of the restaurant. You could clearly see how much more space there was between each table where larger tables had to be removed to either leave a gap or was replaced with a smaller one. Now on to the important part which is of course the food. After a quick chat with Rob who thought we'd like to have the classic menu as he said we'd not had this for a while to which we delightfully agreed. We started with the amazing snacks of Pea & Mint Gougeres , Jellied Eel , Chicken Wings , Foie Gras and a little extra treat the CFC (core fried chicken) . It was then time for head sommelier Gareth to discuss our choice of wine to compliment the menu and once again he came up with an absolute beauty. His recommendation was a 2018 Balaton from Hungary which was a blend of Riesling & Furmint that gave you a fabulous fruity yet crisp and elegant finish. Now it was on to the first course and the stunning Isle of Mull Scallop Tartare with a sea vegetable consommé. This really is the most perfect opening dish to a tasting menu. This was followed by the classic and amazing Potato & Roe with a dulce buerre blanc , herring & trout roe. It's simply heaven on a plate. We followed this with yet another delight the Roasted Monkfish with morecombe bay shrimps , swiss chard & brown butter. It was now time for the next course but first another visit from Gareth to hear his red wine recommendations for the following two courses. It will not surprise you in the least when I say that he chose another fabulous wine. His choice was a fabulous San Leonardo 2003 which was soft and smooth on the palate with a delightful mix of black & red fruits. This matched perfectly with first the Lamb Carrot with braised lamb & sheep's milk yoghurt and accompanied by the Lamb Bread Rolls. This was followed by the main course of Duck & Nectarine with thyme honey & timut pepper a truly delightful dish. Before moving on to dessert we decided to have the Cheese course consisting of a Davidstow Cheddar , Colton Stilton Basset Blue & a Goat's Cheese. The cheese is accompanied by the amazing Fig Rolls , Crackers , pickles , raisins & a wine gel. Now we moved on to pre dessert which is the fabulous Core Apple that is served with an Apple cocktail. This led us to the main dessert and the recreation of the Lemonade Parfait. We were honoured to be the first to taste test this new dish and the feedback we gave was a massive thumbs up. This dish is lemon heaven and was also matched to perfection with a stunning dessert wine. The Chateau Rabaul - Promis 2011 Sauternes with it's honey flavours was an excellent choice. We then headed back into the bar area to finish with coffee & petit fours as well as a couple of surprise little cocktails from Ale to truly round off another fantastic visit to Core. I would personally like to thank all the team for their hospitality and wish them the very best during these tough times. The efforts that have been made to make everyone feel comfortable is first class and therefore I would highly recommend firstly if you haven't been then to do so. Secondly to all the diners that have been before to try and return as soon as you can as the hospitality industry needs you"

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Clifford B
If only restaurants could eject people that...
Reviewed 6 months, 10 days ago

"If only restaurants could eject people that are more interested in their phones than the experience of the meal. If this had been the case then 5.5.5. Expensive but worth every penny - unlike so many."

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Hilary O
Amazing experience special occasion fab foo...
Reviewed 8 months, 27 days ago

"Amazing experience special occasion fab food and service"

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Ant G
Best dining experience for some years. Had ...
Reviewed 9 months, 11 days ago

"Best dining experience for some years. Had the Seasonal menu... every dish was exceptional and not too fancy. No frills and not trying reinvent the wheel like so many gastro chefs"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £65.00
Dinner   £85.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 115.00 Always Available 7
Menu2 135.00 Always Available 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £37.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
92 Kensington Park Rd, London, W11 2PN
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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