Chef behind three Michelin-starred London eatery to open restaurant in Gloucestershire

Debuting at Cheltenham Festival, Core on Course by Clare Smyth will match world-class cuisine with world-class horseracing for March 2023.


The internationally acclaimed chef behind the three-Michelin starred Core by Clare Smyth in London’s Kensington is launching a new restaurant in Gloucestershire in spring 2023, with Core on Course by Clare Smyth to make its debut at next year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Set to replace the Theatre@ restaurant at Cheltenham Racecourse, Core on Course by Clare Smyth will be located in the Tented Village at the Cheltenham Festival and serve up world-class cuisine worthy of the world-class horseracing event.

Originally hailing from Northern Ireland, Smyth was made an MBE for services to the hospitality sector in 2013 and previously spent nearly 14 years working under Gordon Ramsay, before opening her own restaurant, currently one of only eight in the UK to hold three Michelin stars.

Smyth, who also catered for the private wedding reception of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, said: “I am delighted to be a part of such an iconic world-famous event with an extensive history of top-class racing.”

Ian Renton, The Jockey Club’s Regional Director of Cheltenham and the West, added:
“The Festival already offers racegoers an experience like no other and it brings us great pleasure to be able to compliment the action on the track with an unrivalled level of hospitality.

“Clare is known throughout the culinary world as one of the leading chefs of her generation and we cannot wait to sample her iconic ‘Core’ brand in the Cotswolds next March.”

The new venture will join the likes of Chez Roux, an on-course dining experience from another legendary chef, Michel Roux Jr, who runs the two Michelin star Le Gavroche in London.

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