About us

French Living was created in 1994 by husband and wife team, Stéphane and Louise Luiggi.

Captured 2005-10-2 00006Stéphane, from the beautiful French island of Corsica, and his Nottingham-born wife Louise, longed to share their passion for the French way of living, so they opened a shop in Nottingham, aptly giving it the name of French Living. A restaurant in the basement was launched in 1996, continuing the Gallic life-style theme through the enjoyment of simple, honest, home-made food.


In 2004 Louise wrote a book, focusing on her journey towards a passion for foodLou 08-03 and towards a deeper understanding ofPaperback Cover her Corsican family. Come to the Table, an unusual memoir with recipes, was published by Piatkus Books in June 2004 with the Daily Mail praising it as “a seductive tale, deliciously told – unputdownable”. It is still available to buy on Amazon or from French Living’s Deli Corner. Louise wrote a series of articles for the business blog French Living Diaries until 2015, and now posts on our Facebook page.

In Sept 2010  more restaurant space was created at ground-floor level, replacing the original shop shelves with tables and chairs, reducing the retail offering to cheese, wine and charcuterie. Diners could then eat at pavement level and keep in touch with what was happening out in the street, or alternatively, nip down to the basement for that feeling of total escape!

French Living restaurant Nottingham In June 2014, morning cafe and breakfast was re-introduced, serving savoury galettes and sweet crepes, alongside French Living’s favourite baguettes, salads and assiettes, available froFrench Living restaurant Nottinghamm 10.30am (9.30am on Saturdays), continuing on through lunch-time with the daily plats du jour.




The original French Living shop was also revived, with a fascinating deli corner, now packed full of French epicerie classics, farmhouse cheeses, unusual French wines and rare brocante finds.



Today French Living is more than a Restaurant, Cafe and Deli Corner. It is the Nottingham hub for advice and information on all things French. Stéphane is on hand to assist with tricky translations, to create cheese boards, to recommend wine pairings or even to assist with celebration menus. French tunes set the tone for an informal and relaxed environment to eat, shop, chat and even practice your French.

French Living continues to be family run, continues to source genuine French products and ingredients, maintaining a high level of service and an unflinching commitment to the French dining experience – classic bistro food within set menus, all at reasonable prices.

Other interests

Louise is also a qualified Yoga teacher specialised in Kundalini Yoga, and a Watsu (water therapy) practitioner. She runs classes and organises Yoga retreats in Sri Lanka and Corsica. Please visit the  Immortelle Yoga website!

Stéphane has recently teamed up with a childhood friend to develop UK sales of bags, cases and leather goods B2B. Please visit SBF-Partners.com

2 comments on “About us

  1. Dear Louise,
    I am really pleased that liked my review of French Living that I posted on TripAdvisor after a visit in December. I was fascinated to read the origin of the name by the way.
    I expect my surname explains my love of your excellent restaurant!
    Best wishes,
    Andrew A Canneaux

  2. Have just finished reading your book. A fascinating and enjoyable read. Thankyou.
    How I wish we lived in Nottingham and not Southport!!!
    Good wishes to you.
    Gillian Webb

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