Stéphane, from the beautiful French island of Corsica, wanted to bring the French passion for food and eating to the UK, and so opened a shop in Nottingham. A restaurant in the basement was launched in 1996, continuing the theme of French living through the enjoyment of good, honest, quality food.
Louise decided to write a book about her life, focusing on her journey towards a passion for food and towards a deeper understanding of her Corsican family. Come to the Table was published as a hard-back by Piatkus Books in June 2004 with the Daily Mail praising it as “a seductive tale, deliciously told - unputdownable”
In Sept 2010 we launched the restaurant room at groundfloor 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!
This was made possible with the arrival of Frederic and Pantxika as directors. Fred, 34, comes from Meaux near Paris and brings a wealth of experience in front of house and service organisation. His partner in life Pantxi, 35 year old chef from the Basque country, has already exported her knowledge of French Provincial cuisine to the USA, Canada and Australia.
In August 2012, we expanded into the next door unit, 21 King Street, in order to bring back our popular cafe menu. The Cafe-Creperie serves savoury galettes and sweet crepes, alongside our favourite baguettes, salads and assiettes. We have also moved our original, iconic cheese fridge into the cafe-creperie, so that retail sales of cheese and wine can take place through the working day - from 8.30am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday.
Today French Living is more than a Restaurant / Cheese and Wine shop. It offers advice on how to cook, eat and shop the French way and provides 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 and so maintains a high level of service and commitment to offering the highest quality at reasonable prices.
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