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French Living

27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY, England
+44 (0)115 958 5885
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Ranked #130 of 1,110 restaurants in Nottingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $31
Cuisines: French, Bistro
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: French Living is in the heart of Nottingham City, between Market Square and Theatre Royal. Part of the grade II listed Elite Building, it has a restaurant on the ground floor at street level, as well as a second space in the basement. Accessed via a spiral staircase, the basement restaurant has a surprisingly high ceiling and red-bricked wall. Both floors have the same menu, and this environment will appeal to couples wanting a romantic dinner, professionals on a lunch break, or birthday parties of up to 45 diners.
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81% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The food was good. The staff were friendly and apologised for being slow even though they were not and let me have my cider for free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Food was absolutely fantastic and so pleased I found this place. I stay in Nottingham a lot on my own for work and wandered in on a beautiful day after I couldn't get a table at another french restaurant close by. This place is chic and quirky decor, fantastic staff and food is beyond words. I am so fussy that... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great atmosphere, very attentive service and lovely meals. Not quite France, but pretty close! Great to get a real Cafe Gourmand in the U.K. Merci beaucoup - can you please open up another in Chester? Nottingham is just a tad too far ;)

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Our party of 4 dined here on Saturday night following a late cancellation of our table at another restaurant. The meals were excellent - portions just right - house wine delicious. Highly recommend. Although - watch you bill - 10% discretionary(!) service charge automatically added! Yes the service was good - but no more than you should expect in a... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The food and service at this restaurant were second to none and I could not recommend it more. It felt authentic from the moment I entered, through to every dish they served. Well done.

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Decorah, Iowa
Top Contributor
213 reviews 213 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We've been impressed with the cuisine, the friendliness, atmosphere and location of this wonderful little bistro for nearly a decade. It is terrific and we would give it a top ten rating for all of the hundreds of restaurants and pubs serving food in the City. The value is tremendous!

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was my first visit. The tables are on the ground floor making it easy for the disabled. A real plus point. I chose a three course from the pre-theatre menu, starting with Calamari, followed by chicken in a herb sauce (the sauce was divine!). Desert was a special on the day, of chopped strawberries in a coulis, which was... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

We eat here on a regular basis and decided to bring a friend from Sweden for lunch. We had the three course set menu. If there is better value locally for less than £14 We would love to hear about it. The usual high quality, generous main courses and crème brulee to die for. The house wines are carefully chosen... More

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West Hallam
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My wife and I were taken here for our birthdays by our son (though we have been many times before - makes a change not paying!). The food remains excellent. I had some succulent mussels in a creamy sauce as a starter, followed by cassoulet, and then cheese. We managed to get a seat downstairs; if you get the chance,... More

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We booked a table for two in celebration of my birthday. They had confirmed our reservation yet on arrival didn't have our details. We felt very unwelcome and in retrospect should have left at that point. We were sat on a very wonky table in the corner. Ordered from the Gastronomique set menu. Starter was average, main of venison was... More

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Everyone who visits French Living is VERY welcome. Bookings made on-line come through to us by email and I suspect Stephane (my forgetful husband) omitted to transfer your booking into the main reservations book. I apologise to you on his behalf. It is interesting how this first impression of neglect then went on to affect your entire experience. Thankfully you... More

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