Popular chef Clare Smyth has been awarded the accolade of London's best restaurant at her venue Core, in the recent National Restaurant Awards. Core placed third overall in the awards behind gastropub The Angel at Hetton in second and Lancashire's Moor Hall, which took the honours for a second year running.
The awards cover restaurants from all around the country and are voted for by 200 of the UK's top chefs, restaurateurs and food critics and writers.
Smyth also picked up a third Michelin star at Core crowning a successful year for the chef and venue after the tough past 12 months she and the whole hospitality industry have endured.
Other notable London restaurants placing high on the list include Nieves Barragán Mohacho's Spanish favourite Sabor in sixth position, ahead of Monica and David Galetti's South Pacific–inspired French restaurant Mere in ninth. The last awards took place in 2019, with a year out due to the pandemic, in which Core placed fourth behind Moor Hall, Tomos Parry's Brat and Tom Brown's Cornerstone - the latter of which has dropped out of the list entirely.