'I am thrilled for the restaurant and my team, yet not surprised. I've been cooking at three Michelin star level for a long time, I don't know how to do anything else, nor would I want to,' said Clare. 'I am too obsessed with detail and perfection to cook otherwise, and pleased this has been recognised. With Michelin, it is all about consistency and we are totally rigorous about everything.'
'Grouse hasn't been brilliant this season, for example, so we don't have it on the menu, It is simple. I only want to serve the best of the best at its prime.' Clare's signature dish of potato and roe, simple ingredients transformed into an exceptional, beautifully nuanced dish remains one of her personal, and most importantly, her customer's favourite dishes. 'We can't and won't take it off the menu.' Another favourite dish that exudes the joy of working with perfect ingredients is Isle of Mull scallop with sea vegetable consomme,
'I don't know how it is to cook any differently, I just cook as myself,' is always Smyth's reply when asked how it is to be a female chef at the top of her profession. Though she does hope her accolade will empower other women to believe they can achieve Michelin stars, still very much a boys club. Only one other female chef, Nieves Barracan of Sabor, received a new Michelin star in the Michelin 2019 guide. Clare is pleased too that more young female chefs are applying to do stages at Core by Clare Smyth. No doubt, she will now be inundated.
Located in Notting Hill's Kensington Park Road, the 54-seat restaurant showcases British ingredients and supports artisan producers. Clare draws too on her childhood spent on a farm in Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The restaurant is calm, elegant yet unstuffy, strictly no tablecloths, and service is notably relaxed and friendly, For the ultimate experience, book far far ahead for the chef's table dining experience. The ten-seat table (which is sometimes split to accommodate smaller groups) is positioned directly in front of the kitchen, so diners are completely part of the action and atmosphere of the most compelling kitchen in town.
Times: Tues - Wed: 6.30pm - 10.30pm, Thurs - Sat: 12.30pm - 2.30pm, 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Price: £200 plus including drinks
Reservations, booking opens every three months and tables sell out almost immediately : Click here to book
|What||Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill|
|Where||92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Notting Hill Gate (underground)|
01 Aug 17 – 01 Aug 20, Mon - Tues: 6:30pm - 10:30pm, Wed - Sat: 12.30pm - 2.30pm, then 6.30pm - 10.30pm