French Living – Nottingham

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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, organic 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.

In 2017 our building “The Elite” celebrates 90 years of existence with a face lift and treatment of its -at the time-revolutionary steel frame. The scaffolding all around is scheduled to be in place until the Autumn. So here’s what we will look like for the duration of the works. Note the tricolore… Cool isn’t it? Please click to maximise photo:



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French Living - a family business promoting family dining.

French Living – a family business promoting family dining.


35 comments on “French Living – Nottingham

  1. Hi could I please book a table for four people upstairs on the 19th of September at 6.30pm in the name of yeomans. Thank You

  2. Thank you for a lovely evening with delicious food as always. I was celebrating a special birthday with my daughter and her partner.
    Stef did a marvellous job of attending to everyone even though he was on his own.

  3. Again great food with great staff. Will certainly return. Merci
    Mark and Val

  4. The boudin noir with mustard sauce at lunch today was delicious. A rare and lovely treat with my daughter. Merci Stephane et Louise x

  5. Beautiful bavarois! One of the best things I have eaten this year. Wonderful food and service. Looking forward to our next visit.

  6. Have been enjoying your meals and service for many years, but todays meal was something extra special. The duck was delicious but the celeriac puree was to die for.
    As always a delight to spend time in your restaurant.

  7. I do hope that the individuals who commented strongly against Foie Gras, now fully support and praise French Living for the change. Let’s all reunite and get behind a great establishment.
    Let’s see some lovely positive stuff here from all previous folk.

  8. Your restaurant is amazing. The staff are so helpful and have a genuine care for the food and people who go there to eat.
    The selection of food is authentic, and provides the customer with the choice to try new things or old favourites.
    I have ate in many places around the world and tried many ‘unusual ‘ foods.
    Choice is so important in all areas of the world. This restaurant provides this.
    Keep up the great and amazing work that you carry out.

  9. I will never eat in your restaurant and I will do all I can to encourage others to avoid your place as long as you promote the production of foie gras


  10. We were so sorry to hear about the death of Stephanes father. Our thoughts are with you.
    I wanted to let you know what a success the Dscovery Evening was last Wednesday, everything went to plan, the staff were superb. As for the food it was possible the best yet.!!Varied,well presented and very tasty. As for the wines….they complemented the food admirably.
    Well done everyone. Sorry we are in Sicily for the next one

  11. I would certainly recommend French Living. We also ‘stumbled’ across this restaurant at lunchtime and had a lovely meal. Great service and an interesting menu too. We ended up buying cheese and a book about the culinary journey of the owners. We will certainly return. How about opening a branch in Sheffield!

  12. what a fabulous evening we had in this wonderful @27 kings street. It truly is, a bit of french living right in the centre of Nottingham. A perfect place for a celebration with family and friends. The combination of food, wine, atmosphere and service were beyond compare … strongly recommend this as a restaurant to enjoy food and the company of friends & loved ones

  13. Love this restaurant ! II wish I lived nearer! Good tasty food and not pretentious which is how eating out should be ! Had prune ice cream for the first time today and it was delicious ! Hopefully we will get the chance to eat here in the evening and I am certain it justifies booking somewhere to stay ! Yumptious 🙂

  14. A fantastic authentic restaurant. Could not fault anything. Look forward to our next visit. Thanks again

  15. I have been working in Nottingham for the last 3 months and had eaten at a number of restaurants each week. In desperate need of somewhere different, I stumbled across French Living and had a fabulous meal. I am a solo female traveller and it’s important to feel ‘comfortable’ in a place when eating alone; no worries on that score, the 2 waitresses were attentive and helpful. I had gorgeous garlicky lamb and my only regret is not having room for dessert. I shall definitely see you again!

  16. We arrived in Nottingham for a concert, hungry and not knowing the City at all. Wandering around the streets in search of sustenance and faced with the usual franchised mediocrity, we were beginning to resign ourselves to an over priced plate of processed, pre-cooked and heated up grease, when, Monty Python like, The French Living Bistro appeared, backlit like the Holy Grail itself. As a pair of moths, drawn to the
    flame, we entered this wonderous haven of culinary delight.
    My partner and I both enjoyed the Onglet a l’Echalote, (a perfectly cooked piece of braised steak with the most beautiful sauce and oven roasted vegetables) with a carafe of the house rouge which very nicely complimented our choice.

    The food, staff, atmosphere, and authenticity of this “Little piece of France”, were all truly excellent and only the fact that we would have been late for our concert, prevented us from tasting the tarte au citron (which the ladies on the neighbouring table were enjoying so much). We reluctantly left a lot sooner than we would have liked, but we would just like to say that we enjoyed a wonderful meal and experience.

    The best compliment I can give is that I would glady, travel the 2 hours it took to get to Nottingham from Cheshire to experience French Living again.

    Many Thanks, we look forward to seeing you again.

    D & W

    • Thank you for your kind words. I am relieved the analogy is Monty Python and not Fawlty Towers!! I hope you will cross the Pennines again soon.

  17. Ate here on Saturday evening – what a find! Fantastic food, great service and lovely atmosphere. Can highly recommend.

  18. We are always greeted, with a warm friendly smile. Your service is always helpful and efficient. We really enjoy your food. It is always a pleasure to visit your restaurant.

  19. Yet another fabulous evening at my favourite Nottingham eatery. An evening out pre-concert would not be the same. Merci Bien Francois, pardon nous depart avant notre merci a vous……….x

    • Thank you for your message. Running this business would not be the same without such kind words of appreciation. See you soon.

  20. Been meaning to write to say I enjoyed meeting you and dining there around five weeks ago. I did promise to return when I was next in Nottingham but I’ve decided not to work with the Nottingham company after all and I’m back with my previous company in Bristol. For purposes of identification, I’m the guy who knows Escargot Bleu in Broughton Street Edinburgh. I enjoyed my meal – especially the smoked duck starter – and I’ve written an honest and I hope encouraging review on TripAdviser. Hope all goes well for you! If ever I’m back in Nottingham etc… À tout à l’heure…! Ian

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