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French Living

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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: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The feel of a French family run bistro

Had a nice meal on Saturday night. Onion soup was perfect and a good version of that classic French starter. I opted for a dozen escargot for the main which was quite salty to my taste. After mentioning this to the waitress, she offered to bring me another dozen which I though was a honest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
NickBuxton
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Hulland Ward, United Kingdom
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Syston, Leicester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited last week and enjoyed a great evening with wonderful food, very friendly staff and a brilliant atmosphere. We could have been in France!

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Thank Beverley H
Hulland Ward, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a nice meal on Saturday night. Onion soup was perfect and a good version of that classic French starter. I opted for a dozen escargot for the main which was quite salty to my taste. After mentioning this to the waitress, she offered to bring me another dozen which I though was a honest gesture. Good wines - The... More 

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Thank NickBuxton
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with friends on Friday evening and as always very friendly welcome and efficient team. We all chose different meals and all agreed that they were very good. Washed down with house red which was fine for our early meal tastebuds!! This is a lovely small french restaurant which always delivers and is eager to please. You are not paying... More 

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Thank kwc973
FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review and stating so succinctly what we are all about. I also appreciate you highlighting how important it is to communicate with the service team to correct any issues. We sincerely want everybody to love us and come back again, so please don't bottle up your troubles. Of course we prefer a service that flows... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here on Saturday just before seeing Priscilla Queen of the Desert, as a family of five. We all ate off the pre theatre menu. We found there was enough choice and variety to suit all palates, we had venison pate, vegetable terrine, steak, fish and omelettes, all served with excellent service and swiftly. Three courses served and consumed in... More 

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Thank Janet0987
FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Really love it when we play a part in a family's night out. I saw Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the West-end a few years back so I know it's a wonderful show. So happy we did it justice and the whole evening package was a success! Look forward to seeing you again. More 

Bingham, England
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a group of friends. Absolutely excellent as always, best place to eat in town with friendly service and delicious food in unfussy surroundings. Escargot, cassoulet and cheese washed down with a few lovely bottles, all for under £90 per couple. Great value. Will be back (again!)

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Thank tonywalrus
FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back again! More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for food before going to a concert at Rock City. I'm French and wanted a bit of France in plate .. well it wasn't. I have been looking at precedent reviews and seems that I went to a completely different restaurant . Firstly I was really cold in the restaurant that actually need fresh paint and in my opinion... More 

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Thank Anais S
FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review
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This is the first time in our 20 year history that a French national has not felt at home at... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is very classic rustic French food. Absolutely delicious. Nice surroundings. The waiter could have been a little friendlier, but once I started eating I forgot all about that. An absolute gem.

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Thank Northerlad
Berkshire
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This bistro in the heart of Nottingham is a little gem, with a great sense of Gallic charm - add the smell of pastis and Gaulloise and you're nearly there! The food is delightful and really tasty, and the staff are efficient. I suspect that this bistro may not be to everyones taste - possibly too shabby, or tables too... More 

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Thank Edbit
FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

What a wonderful, articulate and accurate description of French Living. Many thanks. And the next time you are in Nottingham, please ask for a double shot of coffee so we can deliver coffee to your taste as well. More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Returned after a spell of eating elsewhere. Why do we do it - the whole experience here is terrific - food, ambience- the whole thing. Excellent choices for the Plat de Jour main courses and beautifully cooked and served as usual. Stefan you've got lots right and your friendliness and your staff's customer focussed service will bring us and others... More 

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Thank Helen H
FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

I passed on your kind words to Stephane. He refuses to read the reviews because he gets so upset at the not so nice ones. He was very touched that his passion, hard work and love for all his customers and staff is sometimes recognised. I try to tell him, but it's not the same as hearing it from the... More 

York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife Annette and I travelled from York to Nottingham by train in order to pick up our car which had been repaired locally, and we decided to sample this delightful restaurant once again. Neither of us were disappointed, it felt like we were transported to France. Stephane and Louise have done a remarkable job to achieve what so many... More 

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Thank Gresmit
FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Thank you Annette and Graham!! So happy to welcome you at French Living. Hope the car is up and running again so we can see you back in Nottingham some time soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

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 12 - 39
  • Cuisine: Delicatessen, French

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?