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French Living

27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY, England
+44 (0)115 958 5885
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Ranked #143 of 1,131 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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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

As a bona fide Francophile, no visit to Nottingham would be complete without a visit to my favourite French restaurant French Living. I first visited Stephane and Louise's restaurant twenty years ago and today I still come back for more. A good, robust rural feel to the menu is assured and the food is good, honest and enjoyable. The downstairs... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Usually I love restaurants where you feel like you're abroad or just elsewhere. In FL you feel like that but only because you're in the basement which has a really strange atmosphere. The food was very average but it's what I've come to expect from French restaurants! My friend enjoyed her dish but I can't even remember what I ordered... More

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Preconceptions are incredibly tricky to shift. From personal experience I know how hard it is. For example, I try to clean my mind every time Indian food is mentioned but my stomach starts churning before even reaching the restaurant. So I do identify with your troubled mind-set regarding French restaurants although my mind deals with French much better than it... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

For an unpretentious taste of rustic France this cannot be beaten .My favourite dish is traditonal snails in garlic butter followed by rare French cut of steak outstanding washed down with a bottle of matide red. Perfect setting for pre theatre patron Steffan and his friendly team are hard to beat. Very atmospheric and very good value

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This used to be a basement french bistro with bags of atmosphere, welcoming staff and good food. It has now moved upstairs into a "shop window" type cafe with no atmosphere and an overbearing female in charge. The food han't changed, but the experience has been ruined.

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

French Living has evolved over the years but we have never removed the original basement restaurant. You can still dine in our atmospheric cellar, however, due to popular demand we have extended restaurant dining to the upstairs which includes a unique deli corner where you can buy our delicious French farmhouse cheeses and other French epicerie goodies and gifts. I... More

11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I wish I had something good to say about the food as the service was very nice. Unfortunately the execution of my meal was dismal. I felt that I had stepped back 20yrs, food swimming in fat or very over cooked meat and veg. Sprigs of mint in the puddings and a strange looking spike of rosemary in the rubbery... More

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

French Living represents classic, traditional cuisine and our French chefs are all trained to excecute French classic, home-cooked dishes in the time-honoured tradition which means that even 20 years ago these dishes would probably have been served in the same way. If you are searching for exploratory cuisine, avant-garde presentation, gastro-pub food, or even gastronomic French haute-cuisine, then French Living... More

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My partner and I have started having our Saturday mornings at French Living for breakfast. The breakfast menu is excellent and the food is very appetising with first class service that sets you up for the weekend shopping. Highly recommended P/s and you can pick up some nice cheeses and foody treats at the same time

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

For a lunch time meal, the menu is simple and delicious. we love the meat and the fish. The owner, Stefan is lovely, easy to talk to and tells us how to cook at home his great dishes.

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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We popped into French Living for a pre Theatre (matinee) lunch on the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed. It is just like the small restaurants you find in the streets of French cities - good food and good service. The lunch menu varies every day - we chose the venison terrine and the cod in seafood sauce,... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

I am thrilled to read your review. You clearly were in good company, enjoying your night out, and so did not perceive any delay in service. We did experience a mini-crisis in the kitchen on that night which created a longer waiting time than we are used to, which is why our waitress offered your cider as compensation. We have... More

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Oh how wonderful to hear that we've still got what it takes to draw in new customers and convert them into loyal French Living friends. After 20 years of business it feels so good to keep on attracting new faces. Your kind words are very much appreciated and made everyone smile - kitchen and service! Thank you, and we look... More

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