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French Living

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Delicatessen, French, Bistro
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27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY, England
+44 115 958 5885
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A family owned brasserie in a French provincial town...Nottingham! Since...
A family owned brasserie in a French provincial town...Nottingham! Since 1994, this delicious Gallic haven, presided by charismatic Corsican Stephane Luiggi, has created a tiny piece of France in the centre of Nottingham. Today it's a thriving, bustling restaurant on two floors, with a ground floor dining area for up to 40 customers boasting a unique Deli Corner, offering farmhouse unpasteurised cheese, wines from small growers, French grocery essentials, as well as some rare brocante finds. A large red-bricked basement room, for up to 44 diners, is reminiscent of Toulousain restaurants, La Ville Rose, where Stephane met his Nottingham-born wife Louise. The dishes and menus are typical of a French bistro; simple, classic recipes, all home-made from fresh ingredients. Stephane and Louise aim to serve meals that make the French feel at home, and the British remember their holidays. Authenticity, combined with a desire to share French culture, to pass on knowledge, from translations to the hidden gems of Corsica, makes French Living a truely unique, warm and memorable experience.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic

I have been many times and French Living is my favourite restaurant in Nottingham. There are a wide range of meals you could visit for: a simple galette at lunch time; the excellent lunch/pre-theatre menu which offers a great meal at a very reasonable price or go à la carte for an amazing three... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
FractalUK
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Special occasions
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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have been many times and French Living is my favourite restaurant in Nottingham. There are a wide range of meals you could visit for: a simple galette at lunch time; the excellent lunch/pre-theatre menu which offers a great meal at a very reasonable price or go à la carte for an amazing three course evening meal. The main menu... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We visited French Living as a party of 6 to celebrate my birthday and I have to say we had a brilliant time. I'd booked on the recommendation of a friend and I'm so glad we gave it a go. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and the portions were generous. I had mussels which were... More 

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

I cannot tell you how happy your joyful, grateful words make me feel. Sooo refreshing!!!! Restaurants are about eating good, tasty food, but they are also about bringing people together! When my husband and I first opened up French Living in 1994, we took one look at the high-ceilinged basement cellar and said "this would be a great place to... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We have had many fine meals at French Living, but the most recent one was a shocker - and that's the one that gets remembered! Aside from the oil-soaked Salad de Jarret Ravigote, our main complaint is that before ordering the Onglet a l'Echalote my wife, who suffers from a severe allergic reaction to mushrooms, asked the manager whether the... More 

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

My husband Stephane - the owner - served you and remembers you well. He told me the exact story, every detail of what happened because you complained a lot all evening and made him very miserable. In spite of correcting the offending dish, apologising, removing items from your bill - he couldn't seem to do anything right. This mushroom story... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I've tried every French restaurant in Nottingham and this is by far the best. Owned and run by a French family from the Corsican region of France. Established in 94 and has expanded to a creperie and delicatessen with many French delights to take home and enjoy. The restaurant serves authentic French food with fresh ingredients. My personal favourites from... More 

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Thank you! Phew, at last, some positive words. Stephane and I are very flattered. Taking the time to write something kind requires more effort than letting yourself go with a tirade of hurtful, often exaggerated, experiences. And so you are to be congratulated. Meanwhile we will work even harder to ensure French Living lives up to your prestigious award of... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Having read the reviews and being an advocate of French food had been looking forward to our first visit. My wife chose mussels which were tasteless and full of sand. The last mussel she put in her mouth and quickly removed as it was full of a black paste. She complained and was told that this was normal. Similarly I... More 

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

The 5% service charge is discretionary which means you can ask to have it removed if you do not wish to leave a tip. Our French chef of 20 years would be deeply hurt to hear your account of his authentic French classics. I am sorry your experience of French Living ended in disappointment but I do hope you discover... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We have eaten here pre-theatre, which we thought was very good, so we thought we would try a later dinner. For starters, my partner's qiche was excellent but my seafood soup was disappointing. I thought it would be a bit like bouillabaisse but it came out as a very average bisque. The venison I had was not bad, although the... More 

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

From parfait to disappointing! How different we all are, particularly in the way we view the world around us. The same restaurant, same chef, same meals can be perceived as delicious and authentically French by one customer, and then considered disappointing by another! Our chef, however, is the same person, at lunch, pre-theatre and dinner. Our ingredients are fresh, sourced... More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

For the last 20 years, we have made the journey from Leicestershire most weeks to eat a lunch at French Living. It's a genuine French bistro, but the food is much better than you are likely to find in France. Good, unfussy, dishes; friendly and efficient service; a convivial atmosphere; exceptional value. What more could anyone ask for?

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Derbyshire
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The food was very good, but I haven't given it a better score as the staff were quite surly. I would go back to try it again, but not for a while.

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Surly! What a great adjective. We have not had that one before. I did a little check in the dictionary - Surly - ill-tempered, cross, sullen Wow - were all our staff having a bad day? This does sound like my middle-aged husband (and owner) who does tend to have quite a few grumpy moments these days, but I put... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

We ate at this restaurant last night pre theatre and although we had not booked and the restaurant was very full both up and downstairs, they managed to fit us in. It is a while since we'd eaten here but we weren't disappointed. The food was interesting and authentically French- the hake was in a deliciously light herb sauce and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Service none starters ok main rubbish puddings rubbish and for them to add £7 for service what a joke and the staff don't like it when they are wrong with me be a chef of 19 years and them telling me I'm wrong what jokers with the amount of covers for a Saturday night they will be closed soon I... More 

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

I recognise your bitter tone. After posting your hatred on our Facebook page I predicted it would not be too long before a venomous review on Tripadvisor would follow. As I explained to you on Facebook, you don't "get" French Living, you don't identify with it, it's not a part of who you are...and that's fine. Accept and move on.... More 

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Additional Information about French Living

Address: 27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY, England
Phone Number: +44 115 958 5885
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Nottinghamshire  >  Nottingham
Open Hours:
Tuesday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 13 - 42
Cuisine: Delicatessen, French, Bistro

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Nottinghamshire  >  Nottingham
  • Phone Number: +44 115 958 5885

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 42
  • Cuisine: Delicatessen, French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Special occasions

Description

A family owned brasserie in a French provincial town...Nottingham! Since 1994, this delicious Gallic haven, presided by charismatic Corsican Stephane Luiggi, has created a tiny piece of France in the centre of Nottingham. Today it's a thriving, bustling restaurant on two floors, with a ground floor dining area for up to 40 customers boasting a unique Deli Corner, offering farmhouse unpasteurised cheese, wines from small growers, French grocery essentials, as well as some rare brocante finds. A large red-bricked basement room, for up to 44 diners, is reminiscent of Toulousain restaurants, La Ville Rose, where Stephane met his Nottingham-born wife Louise. The dishes and menus are typical of a French bistro; simple, classic recipes, all home-made from fresh ingredients. Stephane and Louise aim to serve meals that make the French feel at home, and the British remember their holidays. Authenticity, combined with a desire to share French culture, to pass on knowledge, from translations to the hidden gems of Corsica, makes French Living a truely unique, warm and memorable experience.
Open Hours
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 10:00 pm

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