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.

After 14 months the imposing scaffolding is finally down. So our beautiful facade is restored to its former glory! Hip, hip hurray!!

54 comments on “French Living – Nottingham

  1. Good evening Caroline, I think you have submitted also through our booking form, but I herewith acknowledge this enquiry. Thanks and see you soon

  2. Good evening Sharon. Your table is reserved, thank you, Best regards French Living

  3. Bonjour!

    Could I please reserve a table for 2 on Friday 27July at 1.15


  4. Hi. Would you be able to reserve a table for pre theatre meal for 9 people on Sat 28th July 18.00 please?
    Thanks Sharon

  5. Bonjour,
    Is it possible to watch the football match France-Belgique tonight while eating in your restaurant ?

  6. That’s booked for you Robert. A très bientôt!

  7. Bonjour!
    Please may I reserve a table for two by the window for 5pm Wednesday 4th July.

  8. Great meal can’t be faulted

  9. Sorry we only have Amora and Savora mustards. Thanks for checking

  10. Hi
    Do you sell moutarde de meaux please.

  11. Another fab evening and delicious meal at our favourite Nottingham restaurant. Food sublime. Low-key but attentive service in a wonderful building. Every course faultless. Just a shame we live 3 hrs away, but we will keep coming back. Can’t rate French Living highly enough.

  12. Very kind of you to post this George!

  13. I use French Living a lot via Deliveroo food is excellent never disappointed. Keep up the good work guys.

  14. Hi, the next Discovery Evenings will be on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May 2018. The menus will be published a few weeks before the event. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be alerted of all new publications on this website. Thank you for your interest, see you very soon

  15. Hi. I see from a review you have Soiree Decouverte on occasion. We have been for lunch and always found it most enjoyable. So we would like to join you on one of these special evenings. Can you provide any dates of forthcoming events. Many thanks

  16. Good evening, I did get your voicemail. Your table is reserved, thank you. Best regards, Stéphane Luiggi

  17. Hi. I called on Saturday and left a message to reserve a table for two at 5:30 on Thursday 30th November.
    Could you please confirm my booking request.
    Many thanks

  18. Good afternoon, not sure if you had a reply to your enquiry, but we would be delighted to have you. Best regards,

  19. Hi is it possible to book a table for 6 please on 26th September at 6pm. It’s my mums 88th birthday so the table would need to be on the ground floor not the room down the staircase, many thanks Reggie

  20. Your table is booked, thank you.

  21. Very kind of you to write. Thank you for your wonderful feedback, we look forward to your next visit!

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. Thank you for your continued patronage Mark & Val. See you again soon!

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

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

  27. Thank you for this. See you soon!

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

  29. Great to read your kind comments! See you soon, Stef

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. Clever Donald

  33. We have removed Foie Gras form our menu as of today 12/12/2016

  34. 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.

  35. 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


  36. Thank you so much for your kind words Judith. All the best, Stef

  37. 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

  38. Thanks! Thinking of Manor Top as a great location to branch out 😉

  39. 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!

  40. Very nice to read your note. Hope to see you again soon.

  41. I wish you lived nearer too! Thanks for your comments

  42. 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

  43. 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 🙂

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

  45. 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!

  46. 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.

  47. 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

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

  49. Always a pleasure to serve you Barry. Thank you for your post. See you soon!

  50. 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.

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

  52. 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

  53. 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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