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“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.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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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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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.
Rupert L
A proper grown-up superb restaurant. We ca...
Reviewed 25 days ago

"A proper grown-up superb restaurant. We came here just over a year ago and in the intervening 12 months they have upped their game to a new level. On a par with the Ledbury as the best food in London."

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Paul F
Booked this gorgeous venue as part of my on...
Reviewed 1 months, 9 days ago

"Booked this gorgeous venue as part of my ongoing food pilgrimage, up to 58 Michelin stars now. Lovely tastefully decorated venue with highly attentive efficient staff. Ordered from the a la carte menu Four delicious amuse bouche followed by sensational scallop tartare. The main was acstunningly flavoured duck dish with sublime breast of duck. Pre dessert was a beautifully flavoured apple followed by the most delicious chocolate dessert Every part of the experience is quietly and efficiently coregraphed to give the best experience Was it worth the trip, goodness yes and it was absolutely my pleasure meeting Clair in her lovely efficient kitchen fully visible through the glass. She runs her kitchen with a quiet efficiency producing exceptional food well up to its two Michelin star rating. Thanks for a great experience."

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Marcus R
THE new must go to restaurant in the capita...
Reviewed 3 months, 1 day ago

"THE new must go to restaurant in the capital. I can see it only getting better and better. Will be the next UK restaurant to achieve 3 Michelin stars. However, it is very difficult to get a reservation."

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Lloyd S
This was our fifth visit to Core over the p...
Reviewed 3 months, 7 days ago

"This was our fifth visit to Core over the past year and have become quite good friends with some of the staff. Also during this time it's been nice to have had nice conversations with Clare & head chef Jonny. This is why last monday I couldn't have been any more delighted that the restaurant gained 2 Michelin Stars along with other recent awards of 5 AA Rosettes & Clare becoming Worlds Best Female Chef. All three awards are so well deserved as the food is outstanding and the service from each member of staff under the guidance of restaurant director Rob is first class. Our visit on this occasion was as fabulous as our previous experiences. We received the usual warm and friendly welcome on arrival then as before decided to enjoy one of their amazing cocktails a Classic Negroni & the Gin & Pickle made by head barman Ale Villa who it's also pleasure to chat to. While enjoying our cocktails it was nice of head chef Jonny to take time out to come and say hello as well as restaurant manager Davide It was then time to seated but not before having a lovely chat with Clare which was nice as we could personally congratulate her and all the team on the recent awards. Yet straight away you could already see that she was very focused on the plans for the restaurant in the future. We were then seated in one of the two booths which are very comfortable and give a fabulous view of the whole restaurant. While enjoying some amazing snacks that included a Caesar Salad and Cheese & Onion Gougeres . The sommelier Gareth asked us about the wine list it was at that point we realised that we hadn't seen a menu to which Rob said with a little smile on his face that Clare & Jonny had created for us a Surprise Menu if that was okay and of course we said yes. With that Gareth recommended a fabulous Australian Chenin Blanc from Mac Forbes to match the first three courses Now it was on to the first course a stunning Sharpham Park spelt with morels , asparagus & wild garlic. This was followed by the amazing Potato & Roe with a dulce buerre blanc , herring & trout roe a dish that should always be on the menu The next two courses were new dishes. We first had a fantastic Sea Bass with Oyster & Caviar simply heaven on a plate. This was followed by an adaptation of the Oxtail Stuffed Roscoff Onion and i have to say it was outstanding Now it was time for the main course and once again the dish was amazing. A fabulous Duck & Nectarine with thyme , honey & timut pepper. This was matched perfectly with a glass of Pinot Noir & Chatteauneuf de Pape. Before we had dessert we decided to have a cheese course which now consists of three cheeses the Colton Basset Stilton , Goats Cheese & Lincolnshire Poacher So now we move on to dessert and we started with The other Carrot with ginger , walnuts & sweet cicely which has now been made smaller to be served as a pre dessert. This led us to the main dessert which was a take on a malteser called the Coreteaser a pure chocolate delight and matched beautifully with a stunning Sweet Wine a Bodegas Bentomiz Ariyanas 2012 with flavours of Orange Marmalade So after coffee and some delightful Petit Fours we decided to finish with another fabulous cocktail in the bar and a nice surprise as head chef Jonny came over to ask how everything was today. This brought to an end to another amazing dining experience at Core and one I'll be looking forward to repeating in the near future So Congratulations once again to Clare , Jonny , Rob and all of the team on their recent accolades and wish them all the best for the future. Thank you and see you again soon"

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Ian R
Has settled in as one of the best places to...
Reviewed 3 months, 26 days ago

"Has settled in as one of the best places to eat in London. Comfortable relaxed service, interesting emphasis on vegetables, especially the potato which is to die for."

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Craig Hudson H
he food, ambience and service at Core are a...
Reviewed 5 months, 15 days ago

"he food, ambience and service at Core are all excellent. We had the 7 course tasting menu and it was fantastic. A really interesting combination of flavours. My favourite was the potato roe. The dining room is very comfortable and relaxing. The staff were very professional and nice. A lovely experience."

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Jin L
Amazing food, excellent service, very good ...
Reviewed 6 months, 14 days ago

"Amazing food, excellent service, very good bon bouche. Good wine list with price range. Beautifully presented and executed."

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Vivian C
we had the tasting menu. Loved the Périgo...
Reviewed 9 months, 28 days ago

"we had the tasting menu. Loved the Périgord truffle gougères, jellied eels, smoked duck wing and Scottish Venison. Potato and roe was a strange course on its' own but it dd taste good. I room was a tad noisy and as there was space at the chef's bench, we asked to be moved there which upgraded the quality of the evening to ;'thoroghly enjoyable'"

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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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