Core by Clare Smyth

“Flawless cooking with a great understanding of flavour and a champion of less is more” - AA Inspector



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Clare Smyth has become one of the UK’s most acclaimed chefs, following a career that took in senior roles with Sir Terence Conran and Alain Ducasse, and then Gordon Ramsay who made her chef-patron of his eponymous Chelsea restaurant. The stripped-back setting at Core is as polished as the superlative service and food that are the restaurant's highlights; fine glassware, cutlery and crockery, yes, although tablecloths and carpets have been dispensed with. The service is precise and polished to match the food on offer, and the staff are very approachable. Smyth, and her kitchen team, work behind a glass partition, from where emerges beautifully crafted, delicious artisanal and sustainable food, as in the Core Seasons menu, on which you'll likely find trademark specialities like a starter of steamed Portland crab, sabayon, consommé and caviar; and girolle and toasted buckwheat tart with fresh almonds. ‘Beef and Oyster’ brings Highland Wagyu beef teamed with Porthilly oysters, and an à la carte treat is Cornish turbot, grilled mussels, leeks, fennel and pepper dulse. To finish, what Smyth calls a 'Core-teser', which on the plate translates as chocolate with malt and hazelnut. A Chef's Table tasting menu dinner for eight to 10 people makes a great gift.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

5 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
Core by Clare Smyth


  • Seats: 54
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Closed: Sunday, Monday, 25 December, 1 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines by the glass: 23
  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian menu

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The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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