3 Michelin Star Chefs: Clare Smyth, chef-patron, Core

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Clare Smyth is the chef-patron of Restaurant Core by Clare Smyth in Notting Hill, London.


Clare Smyth is no stranger to working and running highly-acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants having attained and retained three Michelin stars whilst working as chef-patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

However, now it is her name that is above the door, having received three Michelin stars for her restaurant Core by Clare Smyth.

Core by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2PN

Telephone: 020 3937 5086

Website: www.corebyclaresmyth.com

Opening hours:  Tuesday -Wednesday-6.30pm-10.30pm. Thursday - Saturday - 12pm-2.30pm and 6.30pm - 10.30pm.

Chef Patron: 
Clare Smyth

Head Chef: Jonny Bone

Restaurant Director: Rob Rose 

Head Sommelier: Gareth Ferreira

Twitter: @CorebyClare


Facebook: Core by Clare Smyth


Clare grew up on a farm in County Antrim, Northern Ireland and took the decision to move to England at the age of 16 to work as a chef after working at a local restaurant in her school holidays which inspired her to become a chef.

She subsequently trained and worked in some of the most prestigious and renowned kitchens in the world, including undertaking stages at The French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York to gain further experience in 2004.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

During 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.

After leaving Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Clare headed over to France to work for Alain Ducasse in his Le Louis XV restaurant in Monaco, before returning to the UK to open up her first solo restaurant. 

What the guides say

Michelin Guide


AA Restaurant Guide

Good Food Guide 

10/10 score - meaning "perfect dishes showing faultless technique at every service. An extremely rare accolade"










Core by Clare Smyth

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

Clare, Jonny and the Core team create beautiful craft dishes, seeking out the best of British produce and ingredients for an exceptional and relaxed dining experience in the heart of Notting Hill.


Food Style

Clare's modern British food style is fine dining at its best but with a  contemporary edge. She works with farmers to champion sustainable UK produce which is utilised throughout her menu.

Guests can choose from a small or regular tasting menu which costs £95 or £115 respectively. Examples of dishes include Duck and nectarine, Isle of Mull scallop tartar and Skate with Morecambe Bay shrimps, Swiss chard, brown butter.

For those opting for the A La Carte menu, you can try delicacies such as Langoustine and veal sweetbread, Potato and roe and Chocolate and hazelnut crémeux.

Awards and other projects

Clare was named as the best female chef at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards 2018. 

She was made an MBE in 2013 for her services to the hospitality industry, won the Chef of the Year award in 2013 and achieved a perfect score in the 2015 edition of the Good Food Guide.

Clare has appeared on a variety of TV shows including Saturday Kitchen and Masterchef: The Professionals and cooked for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018, adding to her worldwide notoriety.

In 2018, Core received five rosettes in the AA restaurant Guide 2019 and two stars in the Michelin Guide UK 2019. Many predicted that it would soon receive a third star, and lo and behold, in the 2021 guide, it did. 

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Editor 2nd February 2021

3 Michelin Star Chefs: Clare Smyth, chef-patron, Core