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French Living

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
French, Bistro
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27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY, England
+44 (0)115 958 5885
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Sunday
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 179
    Excellent
  • 98
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Definitely returning

First time at this restaurant for us. My husband and I enjoyed a lovely meal at French Living pre theatre so we chose from the menu of the day. We had smoked salmon terrine and house terrine (not what it was called, apologies) which was a coarse pate. Both had salad garnish and were very tasty... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Helen B
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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343 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

First time at this restaurant for us. My husband and I enjoyed a lovely meal at French Living pre theatre so we chose from the menu of the day. We had smoked salmon terrine and house terrine (not what it was called, apologies) which was a coarse pate. Both had salad garnish and were very tasty. The salmon terrine was... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wow what a great atmosphere food authentic , owned by a Frenchman.very friendly. Their discovery evenings are special, but you don't drive after!!

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Fabulous, the food is gorgeous, if you go have the mushroom soup for starters, it doesn't sound very interesting but it is just delicious, it is a very good looking restaurant, has charming staff. I couldn't fault it, gladly would return any day

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We're Nottingham residents and have enjoyed eating at French Living since it opened. We've enjoyed lunches and dinners with family and friends many times and have appreciated the authenticity of the food, the friendly service and the interesting and good value wine list. The set menu for lunch and pre-theatre is the best value in town (and we've tried lots... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We went for valentines and spent 90 pounds on a 3 course meal. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the staff were friendly and all French so felt very authentic. The food could have been more for what we paid. This restaurant wouldnt stand out in France, in Nottingham I think its decent

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Your criticism is very vague so I am not sure how to respond. In what way could our food be "more"? Do you mean quantity? I have to point out that our portions are always considered very generous. Do you mean "more" flavour? Our gratin dauphinois potatoes served on the Valentines menu received multiple compliments, deemed as extremely tasty, as... More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

One of the worst steaks I have had ever had in a restaurant, with awful sautéed potatoes with the blandest vegetables ever for £15, never again. My wife's chips were limp and not crispy! Don't bother, there is so many other restaurants in a Notts that serve better value food. Tez

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Our steaks are all carefully selected from reputable suppliers and cooked to customers requirements. Did you highlight your dispointment to our staff, give them a chance to look into your concerns and maybe offer an alternative meal? Let me offer you a tip when dining out - negative situations can often be turned around. If you genuinely search for a... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My sister invited me to this restaurant for lunch for my birthday. Food was nice, but we felt very neglected by the service. This was the worst service I have seen for years. I work in customer service and this was well below what you would expect in a restaurant. There was no welcome greeting on arrivals, no effort to... More 

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

I was expecting your review because your visit surprised and shocked all the staff who were working that day. Fortunately such outbursts are rare (only usually seen by customers who have over-indulged with too much alcohol) I have read with great care your version of events. I would like to present to you an alternative perception, one that comes from... More 

Nottingham
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Good food, reasonably prices, worth visiting. We liked the decor too; cosy and fairly intimate with a nice atmosphere.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Being a lover of French cuisine (well all cuisine really, but French cuisine has a special place in my heart) I was very excited about going to French Living and it didn't disappoint. The atmosphere was great and the waiting staff were friendly and very helpful. We were a fairly large party and had to pre-order our food but they... More 

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Midlands, Nottingham
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

First visit here and so sorry I haven't been before. Had plats du jour from the Theatre menu with venison terrine followed by steak with pepper sauce. The dauphinoise potatoes were particularly good. Everything was flavoursome and tasty. We had been to the matinee performance of the ballet and wanted to have somewhere to eat where there was some atmosphere.... 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 (0)115 958 5885

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 42
  • Cuisine: French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, 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 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?