Core by Clare Smyth
“Flawless cooking from a British star” - AA Inspector
LONDON W11, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
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When she was 15, Clare Smyth took a holiday job in a restaurant near her County Antrim home, an experience that inspired her to become a chef. But she did better than that, becoming one of the UK’s most acclaimed chefs, following a career that took in senior roles with Terence Conran, Alain Ducasse and Gordon Ramsay, who made her chef-patron of his eponymous Chelsea restaurant. She left Ramsay in 2017 for her first solo venture here at Core. As well as receiving many culinary awards, she has also been made an MBE. The stripped-back setting 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. Smyth, and her kitchen team, work behind a glass partition, from where emerges beautifully crafted, delicious artisanal food, as in her Core Classics, typically roasted monkfish with Morecambe Bay shrimps, Swiss chard and brown butter; and duck and red grapes with thyme, honey and Nepalese timut pepper. She also offers a Core Seasons menu, on which you'll find trademark specialities like a starter of morel and asparagus tart with wild garlic and vin jaune; mains of lamb hogget and mutton with celtuce, savory and black cardamom; and Cornish brill with oysters, cucumber and caviar. And to finish, what Smyth calls a 'Core-teser', which on the plate translates as chocolate with malt and hazelnut. Wine pairings, chosen from the 450-bin wine list, are available to accompany these menus. The final offering is a set menu affording the opportunity at lunch or dinner to enjoy Isle of Mull scallop tartare with sea vegetable consommé; oxtail stuffed Roscoff onion with beef short rib; and lemonade parfait with honey and yogurt. A Chef's Table tasting menu dinner for eight to 10 people makes a great gift.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 54
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 10.30
- 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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