French Living

French Living

British

0.5 miles
27 King Street, Nottingham, NG1 2AY
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Across the crisp red awnings, it says 'Café, restaurant, boutique', reminding customers that French Living is more than just a restaurant. The Café and shop have undergone a clever transformation, easing into the next-door unit, trebling the Café's seating space whilst retaining the cosy charm that has made French Living so popular.

The Café delivers freshly prepared authentic French snack options. I was impressed by the delicious flavours of their assiette de charcuterie, a meaty platter of saucisson, cured ham, pâté and rillettes, all served with mixed leaves tossed in their highly popular vinaigrette with a basket of bread. I noticed on the way out a bottle of their home-made mustard vinaigrette on sale in the shop. I have a feeling this will be a French Living best seller.

For Francophiles looking to rekindle a taste of France, French Living is the perfect venue. Its authenticity is beyond doubt. St'phane and Louise Luiggi have carved a delicious slice of France in the heart of Nottingham. As you head down the spiral staircase towards the restaurant, past the bright yellow 'La Poste' mailbox, it's as though you've crossed the Channel.

The red-bricked cellar, like the shop and the Café upstairs, is warm and cosy, without pretence. There is a homely air about the place that instantly gives you that family Sunday lunch feeling. Not surprising really because French Living is a family-run business that believes in real restaurant values. They ignore fashion, preferring instead to offer excellent value, freshly prepared dishes and rare French wines, all with adept but unfussy service. French Living has built a loyal following thanks to its unbelievable value-for-money menus. The menu de saison (£15.50) and menu gastronomique (£20) offer three courses and are seasonally updated. At lunch, there is the additional option of having a starter and a main for £12 from the menu de saison. If time is an issue, a choice of meat or fish plat du jour followed by dessert du jour will set you back a mere £7.90 (also served as pre-theatre for £9.50).

French classics like Burgundy snails, cassoulet Toulousain, tartiflette, onion soup, onglet steak with shallots and venison with blueberries regularly feature. For dessert, the créme brûlée with Tahiti vanilla is quite something.

Don't forget to look out for French Living's Discovery Evenings. These delightful events consist of a set menu including a different wine to match each course, devised to introduce a region of France or simply to allow diners to experience perfect wine and food combinations. At £39.90, this could easily become a regular fixture on your social calendar.

Complete your visit to French Living by taking home a copy of Louise Luiggi's book, Come to the Table (paperback £7.99). This highly original memoir reveals the secrets behind French Living's unique charm and will inspire you to keep on going back for more
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Opening Hours:
Tues:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Weds:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Thurs:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Fri:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Sat:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm