On the evening of Monday 23rd April, Core by Clare Smyth was named as the country’s best restaurant of 2018 at GQ magazine’s annual Food and Drink Awards, two days before Clare Smyth took the title of World’s Best Female Chef, awarded by Elit Vodka at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.
Core is Clare Smyth’s debut restaurant, making her the first and only female chef to run a three Michelin-star awarded restaurant in the UK. Having made her name as Chef Patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Clare earned a number of prestigious accolades prior to claiming the Best Chef and Best Restaurant titles, including five AA rosettes, Cateys Chef of the Year Award 2016, Michelin Female Chef 2017, and an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.
Challenging the concept of fine dining, the relaxed but vibrant 54 cover Notting Hill restaurant offers three and five course dining options alongside a tasting menu, but no tablecloths; artistically formed amuses-bouche crafted in a striking open kitchen, but no dress code.
Raised on a potato farm in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Claire’s instinctive passion for simple, natural, and sustainable food is evident in the innovative menu. Everything is grown or produced locally, and in fitting symmetry the potato features as a star ingredient on the menu, served with dulse beurre blanc, herring and trout roe; ‘delicious’ by Michael Deacon of The Telegraph’s standards, and world class by the standards of two expert judging panels.
Bruce Gillingham Pollard’s Nick Garston secured the site on Kensington Park Road in partnership with James Bell, acting on behalf of the Landlord.