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French Living

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27 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY, England
+44 115 958 5885
10:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Fri 10:30 - 22:00
Sat 09:30 - 22:00
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place for a pre theatre dinner. Not a posh place but the food is very good. Authentic French food. Only criticism is that the menu appears not to have changed in years.

Thank Mark L
Duisburg, Germany
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Being in Notts again after some time we were looking fwd to having a meal at French Living and we were not disappointed. This restaurant offers what it always did: Authentic French food.

Thank Jens W
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fabulous lunch here today. I had galette and hubby had three course lunch menu. All was lovely but the financier desert flavoured with pistachio was amazing - we shared it. The French cidre served in a bowl is also a great 'french' touch. Lovely!!

Thank Catherine D
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here on a number of occasions over the years and never been disappointed - whether in large groups or small, whatever time or day. The latest occasion we wandered in on a Saturday night - a little ambitious without booking - but nevertheless they squeezed us in within a few minutes. The food is authentic, as are the... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind words. You may have noticed that we were so touched by your review, it has been featured on our Facebook page. Many, many thanks! More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This quaint small restaurant is perfect for up to 4 people to get a sophisticated & fresh (cheap) meal from the pre-show set menu £14 for 2 £16 for 3 course. The atmosphere is intimate, decor simple cafe, hosts are a charming French couple and the food is medium sized portions of fabulous ingredients put together well. We had a... More 

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

Many thanks for your kind words. I do agree we are the perfect, romantic, tete a tete venue! Do not forget that we can accommodate a large party downstairs (up to 40 diners), if this space is available. More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Authentic French Cuisine, Best place to dine Francais in Nottingham bar none. Pre Theatre Menu an absolute bargain.

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

Merci!! More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous, plentiful food, unpretentious and excellent value for money. Well worth a visit if you're in town... there was around 3 chef specials to choose from On the pre theatre menu in addition to their usual items

Thank Jennahubball
Derby, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here with my boyfriend and his parents one evening, I had never been to a french restaurant before so I wasn't sure what to expect. We ordered snails they were lovely something I had never tried before, the menu;s had a lot to choose from. It is a lovely place and I would go back :)

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

So pleased to hear you enjoyed your first French dining experience! Really glad it was with us, and we would love to welcome you back again. More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We booked this small bistro as we had seen it on previous visits to Nottingham, we ate here on the Friday evening. The menu is either 2 options of fixed price or the a la carte, we chose the a la carte which was very good. House wine also good, it's not the sort of place you need to dress... More 

Thank Jan T
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Enjoyed a pre theatre three course meal and a bottle of wine. All delicious. I hadn't visited for a while but standards remain high, staff friendly and efficient. I enjoyed fish rillettes, steak frites with a wonderful sauce, and a light chocolate mousse with a home made crisp biscuit. The house wine was really good value and very drinkable. I... More 

Thank 660Julietta
Louise L, Owner at French Living, responded to this review

So true that the places we love can sometimes drift out of our mind, particularly when there are so many new bars, restaurants and cafes opening up, tempting us to try something new. Really happy you have returned, and your memory has been jolted. Please, please come back again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 35
Delicatessen, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
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
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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