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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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Tue - Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good...but it's got really expensive.

I've been going here for a number of years. I have never been disappointed with the food...however, what used to be a place yu could go to regularly, I feel that because of the price increases it's now a place for more of a treat. It's still my favourite restaurant, the service is brilliant and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Mojaka
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Nottingham
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Leicester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Had a wonderful family meal on Saturday, plenty of choice on the menu. All 3 of us had the plat du jour, the fish and steak were delicious. This was our first visit to this restaurant and found the the atmosphere to be friendly and informal. We shall definitely be returning.

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Welcome to French Living! So happy you have discovered the French Living secret - relaxed, informal, freshly cooked French home classics. We really would love to welcome you back again. Merci beaucoup!!! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We have visited several times. The food has been good with reasonable prices. On the last visit both the food and price have deteriorated. The food was at best average but the cost is what you would expect in a high-end restaurant, which this is sadly not.

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

So sorry that French Living no longer meets with your expectations. Our long-serving French chef is the same, delivering those French classics that have survived the test of time, sometimes adjusting them to suit the demands of a lighter, more refined palette. Unfortunately, our prices could not stay the same as they were 20 years ago, and particularly during these... More 

Nottingham
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I've been going here for a number of years. I have never been disappointed with the food...however, what used to be a place yu could go to regularly, I feel that because of the price increases it's now a place for more of a treat. It's still my favourite restaurant, the service is brilliant and the food is very tasty... More 

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

If only we could have kept our prices at the same level as they were 20 years ago!! Cost of raw ingredients as well as all overheads have increased massively over these last few years. We will always strive to remain a good value restaurant and I do think that we remain exceptionally good value (in spite of the increases)... More 

Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We were really looking forward to the 3 course evening set menu yesterday but the experience fell short of many of the authentic French restaurants we frequently enjoy. The ambiance was pleasant and staff extremely polite and attentive however the food, particularly the main course (l'onglet with fries) was disappointing (big on portion size rather than quality & presentation). We... More 

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FrenchLivingUK, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

I am so happy to hear that our team worked their magic and left you feeling positive and well cared for. I am never quite sure how to respond to the description of "average" - it's almost as if you don't really know how it made you feel. I have eaten our onglet many times. It suits me when I'm... More 

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I went for dinner with a friend on a Friday night in August and they easily found space for us. Waiting staff were lovely and very accommodating of my gluten free needs. The snails in a sort of herby sauce were lovely for starters and the venison with blueberry sauce for main was divine! Definitely coming back!

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Southwell, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Good French food from this French run establishment. Meat and Fish dishes both excellent and a very good choice of French wines and cheeses.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Visited on Tuesday 4th August with my 13 year old daughter, cosy ambient table for 2. Great from the outset, nice intimate welcome making you want to stay just that little bit longer. Had Escargot in garlic butter, very, very good followed by moules et frites and Veal cassoulet. It really was very nice and if we didnt know we... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

My husband and I visited this evening, and it was a great evening overall. Both the starters and the main courses were tasty, and the portion sizes were really generous for the price. Service was also really efficient without being too intrusive; in particular, I love the fact that the bill comes out within a french book! We'll definitely visit... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is just a great French restaurant, relaxed and informal with excellent service. There is a good menu and they do a pre theatre meal as well as the menu of the day. We have eaten here a few times now and we have never been disappointed, the food is just lovely. The staff are French which makes it just... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The staff were friendly. The food was delicious, well prices and came out in a reasonable time. The menu had a wides selection of food and drinks that suits the decor well. The atmosphere was perfect for an early evening meal, calm music not too loud as to make conversation difficult.

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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 - 41
  • Cuisine: Delicatessen, French, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, 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?