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French Living

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27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY, England
+44 115 958 5885
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
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Having spent many weeks in France we are familiar with the lunchtime Fixed price lunches that are offered over there , many of which are really good. Not so in French living. The starters were Acceptable , middle of the road stuff. The main courses came accompanied by salad that was brown round its edges. Although my fish was nicely... More 

Thank exotles
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Oh dear, as you say. I'm struggling to understand what happened here. The one element of your critique where I can be of some assistance is concerning the salad. I have had customers who have made the same mistake and believed the salad is old. We use oak leaf, which is brown around the edges - its a beautiful leaf... More 

London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I left Nottingham over thirty years ago. How things have changed! There is is thriving food and drink scene that we could only have dreamt of back in the 80s. This was our second visit to French Living and we've loved both occasions - one as a couple then this time a part of a large group. This is a... More 

Thank JR4763
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been to an early cinema and went on spec to French Living where we had been twice before (some time ago). It was very relaxed and we each chose one of the set menus. Both were good and enjoyable. The staff were friendly and attentive without being overpowering.

Thank William T
Albrighton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently went with our son to see Momma Mia at the Theatre Royal Nottingam,a lovely theatre and a great show, previously we went to French Living for our lunch which I might add was excellent the food, wine and service was 100per cent a very happy atmosphere , if you are in that area you must make an effort... More 

Thank Kanie19
Derby, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am so glad that we found this gem right in the centre of Nottingham. There was plenty of choice on the menu. I had the 'fish of the day'. This came with a tasty sauce, new potatoes and a side salad. Although we only had one course it was a really nice lunch time meal. The atmosphere was quite... More 

Thank studious2000
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146 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Pre-theatre French food was our mission and the first restaurant we called was fully booked but there was no problem getting an early table reservation here. Actually, we were the only people in the restaurant for the whole time, which on a Friday night was a bit of a mystery especially when the restaurants around about were busy. Anyway, the... More 

1 Thank Sarah H
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

How sad you didn't take advantage of a quieter service. We are all so different; when eating out, my husband Stéphane loves nothing more than a restaurant with a few diners because he knows the staff will have time for him (and his long list of questions), and the noise level will be lower so we can chat comfortably. Restaurants... More 

Broons, France
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

After peering in through the window one weekend and being drawn by the quaint interior, we booked in for a Saturday night birthday celebration. We were met with a very friendly greeting, good service and delicious food. The rabbit was particularly tasty and I could've eaten the rhubarb tart into next week. My partner barely spoke whilst eating his cod... More 

Thank frognat
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy we were part of your birthday celebration. Meeting and chatting with diners is Stéphane's favourite part of the job!! We look forward to welcoming you again soon. More 

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

First visit here, won't be the last. Great food (carrots are to die for, plus the owner went out of his way to explain how they were cooked!) excellent value for money and friendly efficient service.

Thank jcherrod
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

This is one of the benefits of being in our quiet season - Stéphane has time to explain how we cook our carrots!! More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

I visited this restaurant three times in a week of Wagner at the Theatre Royal Concert Hall. All the dinners had to be eaten (and diners get to and from the theatre) within the 75 minute long interval, so the restaurant were under considerable time pressure. I was efficiently and cheerfully served with very palatable food on each occasion and... More 

Thank Orienteer20
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Phew! So happy this went to plan. The Wagner concerts were definitely a challenge for our team, but we planned ahead and it worked! We look forward to seeing you again. More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Wine by the glass was disappointing (both the merlot and the cote du Rhone one). The snails were decent and well presented. This dish and the cheese assortment were in fact the only exceptions to an otherwise less than a mediocre dinner. The venison steak was dry although the waiter reassured me that it will be sufficiently rare (a point... More 

1 Thank Orestis K
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Your review sounds like my husband when he is in one of those moods where nothing will make him happy (or he won't admit to it publicly) One of those rainy days when he simply can't see the beauty of the rain. I'm struggling to understand your complaint. Dry venison seems to be the most important issue and I hope... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $35
Delicatessen, French, European
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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