Core by Clare Smyth
“Immaculate British cooking at the very highest level.” - AA Inspector
LONDON W11, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
This is a superb place, a stripped-back neighbourhood restaurant full of life and character. It’s understatedly elegant and feels personal and very welcoming, with a delightfully airy atmosphere and brilliant staff. Every tiny detail is of the highest quality, and you really are witness to a chef at the top of her game, as Smyth and her team do their thing behind a glass partition. Menus are thoroughly seasonal, flavours are all pin-sharp and precise, and there is a real sense of individuality to the dishes. A signature starter of Isle of Harris scallop tartare and sea vegetable consommé features the freshest and sweetest scallop meat you could hope for. Homemade malted sourdough bread is stunning, while a dish of 'potato and roe', full of amazing natural flavour, features a dulse beurre blanc, herring and trout roe and a whole baked Norfolk Ratte potato. 'Lamb carrot' is an infinitely refined take on leftovers – a whole carrot, braised in lamb stock and topped with braised lamb, pickled disks of carrot and carrot leaf, along with a dollop of sharp yoghurt with vibrant green carrot top pesto, and a salty little glazed lamb-fat brioche bun with some of the braised meat inside. Another signature dish, ‘Core apple’ is apple mousse, filled with toffee-rich pieces of Granny Smith and pecans, glazed to look like a perfect polished apple on the plate.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 54
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Closed: Sunday, Monday, 25 December, 1 January
- Wines by the glass: 23
- Cuisine style: British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
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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