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French Living

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27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY, England
+44 115 958 5885
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09:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Fri 10:30 - 22:00
Sat 09:30 - 22:00
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely the best restaurant I have visited in Nottingham, simply wonderful food & service. Try it!

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Thank Tim M
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even without the boss, the service was very friendly and responsive. All the dishes were beautifully cooked - the meat just falling off the knife.

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Thank ColonelDavey
Dorking, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us as we didn't want a predictable chain. We love restaurants which are family run and unpretentious. We have eaten a lot of meals in France and I can honestly say that all the food we ate here was as good as we've eaten there. Everything from the mussels to the cassoulet to the choux... More 

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Thank 154Camilla
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Thank you, thank you! Family run and unpretentious...yep, that's us! My husband and I also search out restaurants that fit this description, and I have to say, they're getting increasingly difficult to find. I think we are a rare breed! So, so happy you found us and enjoyed the experience. We look forward to welcoming you again. More 

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure how long French Living has been in Nottingham, wish we had found it sooner. On entering the restaurant our first thoughts were 'typically French', wooden floors, paper tablecloths, deli full of French cheeses & foods. We were greeted by a young French man, very pleasant who showed us to the table of our choice. We opted for the... More 

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

It's never to late to find us, but I have to say it has taken you a long time...we've been here since 1994! We've not really changed that much; the wooden floors, paper tablecloths, French cheeses & foods and most of our staff, including head chef....still the same! So, so happy that our authentic French formula, with happy, relaxed staff,... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly staff and amazing food,do excellent lunch time deals would def recommend. Lovely clean restaurant and never rushed like in some places

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Encouraged by good reviews we tried French Living for a Pre Theatre meal. Service was satisfactory and the menu provided sufficient choice but delivery was a disappointment. Salad provided the majority of the starters to the extent that the main choice was swamped. Portion sizes were a little bit mean as well, that may be an aberration because other meals... More 

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Thank Aitch1950
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

If I have fully understood your review, you felt there was too much salad, not enough meat. This is the first time we have ever had an issue with the balance of our dishes. Since reading your review I have checked all dishes, from the pre-theatre menu and also from the main menu and I am unable to find any... More 

South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Take it from a Frenchman trained by a Michelin starred chef in Toulouse and currently in charge of one of Yorkshire' best Hospitality and Catering College: French Living is the real deal. One of the rare French restaurants in the UK that serves non anglicised French food. However, the dining room is looking a little bit tired and it is... More 

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1 Thank LB6931
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Thank you for your professional seal of approval. This is very much appreciated. My paint brushes are at the ready to freshen up the dining area, but it is a job I do find excuses not to start! Thank you for the reminder to take action. Just a tiny correction, we are located on King Street! More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We've been going to French Living regularly over the years, and it has always been excellent. This time, however, we were so disappointed. Everything started off well: the wine is good. We all had the 'gastronomique' menu. The starters were fine, no problem. The mains, however, were a shambles. The bourgignon was so scalding hot it was inedible, and the... More 

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

In true Trip Advisor style I expected to receive your review. Your visit, your complaint, your language, your anger, left an indelible impression on our team, particularly Audrius who was at the receiving end of your abusive language. What a shame that all the kind words of gratitude and delight received by customers on the same night do not write... More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Don't forget it's also open for lunch, same food, slightly cheaper, or a lighter dish such as a galette. The food is so wholesome as well as tasty.

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Thank Rowanberry22
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

Also open for morning coffee, breakfast, brunch between 10.30am and 12!! Yes, it's true, many see the label restaurant and think evening meal! We are so much more - shop, deli, cafe.... open from 10.30am (9.30am on Saturday!) More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Recently have had two stunningly good Christmas Meals at French Living. Impossible to fault. Absolutely delicious food, beautifully presented. Delicious fairly priced house wines. Staff delightful. Service good and attentive, despite being very busy. Already looking forward to another meal there. The pre theatre menu is excellent value.

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

Many, many thanks for this kind succinct review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 34
Cuisine
Delicatessen, French, European
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
10:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 22:00
Thursday
10:30 - 22:00
Friday
10:30 - 22:00
Saturday
09:30 - 22:00
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
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.

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