Celebrating the finest British ingredients for an exceptional and relaxed dining experience in the heart of Notting Hill.


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Core is an elegant fine dining restaurant with an emphasis on natural, sustainable food, sourced from the UK’s most dedicated farmers and food producers.

We create beautifully crafted dishes, seeking out the best of British produce, with a passion to delight and share our curiosity and our love of delicious artisanal food.

Since opening in August 2017, Core has received numerous awards including three stars in the 2021 Michelin Guide, 10/10 in the Good Food Guide, five AA rosettes, Best Restaurant at the GQ Food and Drink Awards, New Restaurant of the Year by The Craft Guild of Chefs, and the Service Award at the National Restaurant Awards.

Clare also received the World’s Best Female Chef Award by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

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Clare Smyth - three Michelin star chef


Core is the debut restaurant of Clare Smyth, the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin-stars in the UK.

Clare grew up on a farm in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Since moving to England at the age of 16, she has worked with an uncompromising devotion to her craft, training in some of the most celebrated kitchens in the world. In her time as Chef Patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Hospital Road, her many awards included 10/10 in the Good Food Guide, five AA rosettes and an MBE for services to the hospitality industry. Clare also won the Cateys Chef of the Year Award 2016 and Michelin Female Chef 2017.

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The team at Core share a wealth of knowledge and Michelin-starred experience in their uncompromising pursuit of culinary perfection. They are passionate about British food and work closely with farmers and suppliers to bring only the finest seasonal ingredients to the table.

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Core cancellation policy
In the event that a booking is not honoured in whole or in part, which includes reducing numbers, or is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, a cancellation fee of £100 per person for lunch or £125 per person for dinner will be charged to the card provided.


Welcome to Core’s quintessential cocktail bar, serving an ever-changing list of Core creations, exceptional wines, spirits and Champagnes.

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Are you passionate about doing the ordinary extraordinarily well? Are you curious to learn more, to always improve on each service and constantly pursue perfection?
We offer talented and self-motivated individuals the chance to be part of an ambitious and loyal team entirely dedicated to exceptional food, wine and service.

Please email us with your CV and reasons for wanting to join Core by Clare Smyth.
We can only consider applications from those eligible to live and work in the UK.

We are now accepting Stage applications from Summer 2020 onwards.