Earlier this year, Eater reported that Gordon Ramsay alum Clare Smyth was working on her first solo project, and now, that restaurant has a name and official opening date: Core by Clare Smyth is set to open this July in London, Bloomberg’s Richard Vines reported on Twitter. Speaking to The Caterer, Smyth said, “With it being my first solo venture and very close to my heart, it wasn’t easy deciding what to call the restaurant, but ‘Core’ seemed right; it’s a seed of something new, with strong ties to nature.”
Smyth became the first female chef in the UK with three Michelin stars during her tenure at the head of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay beginning in 2007. She left that restaurant in 2015, and initially planned her solo project for last year, but ran into delays.
According to The Caterer, Core will be a “modern fine-dining restaurant with a strong British ethos.” Inside the 54-seat dining room at 92 Kensington Park Road in London’s Notting Hill, Smyth plans to serve a tasting menu of between 10 and 12 dishes. Diners can opt for the full tasting, or choose three or five of the constantly changing courses. The restaurant also includes an 18-seat cocktail bar at the entrance.
The chef is turning to local sources for the ingredients and even the place settings, which she designed in collaboration with Royal Crown Derby, one of the oldest fine china producers in the UK, The Upcoming notes. The 400-item wine list, however, includes selections from France, Italy, California, and South Africa.
Diners can book reservations for August starting now.
• Clare Smyth to open Core by Clare Smyth this summer [The Caterer]
• Clare Smyth to open new restaurant Core in Notting Hill next July [The Upcoming]
• Gordon Ramsay Alum Clare Smyth Set to Open First Solo Restaurant This Spring [E]