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Histoire ancienne

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20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
0321341120
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Description: Histoire Ancienne restaurant in Calais is a classic bistro with 1930���s...
Histoire Ancienne restaurant in Calais is a classic bistro with 1930���s art deco d��cor, fresco painting that recalls Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha prints, traditional zinc bar, tables laid in white linen, harlequin floor and open fireplace where local fish and meats are grilled. So far, so intriguing. Patrick Comte is a fourth-generation chef who trained in some of Paris��� most superb restaurants, including Le Crillon and Prunier, and here uses the finest local ingredients in inventive dishes like duck tartare with comfit tomatoes and parmesan shavings, grilled sea bream marinated in lemon, coriander and ginger. Order the warm chocolate cake with molten interior with pistachio cream at the beginning of your meal. There���s a proper vegetarian menu, too.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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We had happy memories of the Histoire Ancienne from a visit on wet, miserable, evening many years ago when we received a warm and friendly welcome despite our drowned appearance! The welcome has not changed (even if the weather was better) and though we took the precaution of booking a lunchtime... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We had happy memories of the Histoire Ancienne from a visit on wet, miserable, evening many years ago when we received a warm and friendly welcome despite our drowned appearance! The welcome has not changed (even if the weather was better) and though we took the precaution of booking a lunchtime table this time, the restaurant exceeded our expectations with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We went to Histoire Ancienne yesterday for lunch on the way to Cite' Europe as I have read here that it was authentically French and very good and we were not disappointed. Our waitress was not fluent in English but she tried hard to communicate with us and make suggestions. To be honest, I was first intimidated by the French... More 

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear DEENS66, Thank you so much for your kindly post on our restaurant, I'm very happy to read you, The salmon mouss that you had before your meal is homemade TARAMA (no dyestuffs, no preservatives) only bread, milk, olive's oil and eggs of fish...Thats all, We hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, kINDS REGARDS Claire COMTE More 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very good dinner, reasonably priced. Excellent grilled seafood, small but very adequate wine menu, good and efficient service.

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Cher Anthony, Merci beaucoup de votre post sur internet, Je suis ravie de savoir que vous avez appréciez notre établissement,... More 

W.Sussex
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We stop to eat here each time we visit Calais. One of the main reasons is the quality of the food but also it makes no allowance for tourists. This is a grown-up genuine bistro style restaurant in the centre of Calais that mainly serves local French business people at lunch time. The menu is simple and relatively short. Everything... More 

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Dear Panda2, Thank you so munch for your kindly post, thank you for your regular visits, We hope to have the pleasure to receive you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Excellent decor.renoir style murals and a beutiful zinc comptoir. Menu a little overpriced. Unusual garnish....lemon sole with timbale of rice(OK) and mushrooms? Male staff frosty and quite unpleasant.( More style than substance). Thank goodness for the waitresses who had to apologisew for their colleagues....something they seemed used to be doing. Nice wine list for a Bistro!

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Mr John 69, Thank you for your contribution on Tripadvisor. we have noted your comments regarding our menu prices, we offer 3 different price : 17.90 €(starter + main course or main course + dessert) 19,90 € (starter, main and dessert) or 31 € (starter, main and dessert ). We are pleased to know that you enjoy our decorations... More 

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We were introduced to this traditional and authentic French restaurant by very dear friends whom have been here previously and as us ( total foodies too). On our back to the UK we decided once again to pass by and give it another try. We have not been disappointed in any form or way I have one of my favourite... More 

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Dear Llovecoff, Thank you so much for your kindly post, See you soon, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

After a month in France I had my last French dinner here before returning to the UK. It was one of the best. Leaving aside the Michelin starred experiences, this restaurant offered fabulous food at a reasonable price and had good atmosphere despite being in largely un-atmosphecic Calais. I will certainly come back again.

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear simon it is with great pleasure that I read your post. Thank you for pointing out the quality of our cuisine and the good value. Every day we work in this direction, we hope to have the pleasure to receive you on your next trip in Calais, kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Kent
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89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

Our family went for lunch today and it was lovely! The food was very very good and the service professional yet helpful and friendly. Reasonably priced. We will definately return.

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Dear Mrs KENT, Thank you for you kindly post on Tripadvisor, It will be share with all our team, we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Woking
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Visited Monday lunch time after making a reservation on their website. Excellent food, great atmosphere, very good service at a sensible price. Lots of locals too. Always a good sign

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Dear Dipper999, Thank you for taking the time to write a post of your lunchtime in our restaurant, and I am glad you enjoyed your meal, thank you again, Kind regards Claire COMTE More 

Warwickshire
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32 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Its always a treat to return to the Ancienne Histoire. Its very central in Calais and you can guarantee a delicious dinner which will be beautifully presented. We speak French well but they seem to cater for those who do not equally well. Lots of local & not so loacl French are there too. Food is not expensive but we... More 

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Chère KIMLET, we are delighted that you enjoy our restaurant, and we thank you for visiting us regularly, it is with great pleasure that we will welcome you at your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

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Additional Information about Histoire ancienne

Address: 20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
Phone Number: 0321341120
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nord-Pas-de-Calais  >  Pas-de-Calais  >  Calais
Cuisine: French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nord-Pas-de-Calais  >  Pas-de-Calais  >  Calais
  • Phone Number: 0321341120

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic

Description

Histoire Ancienne restaurant in Calais is a classic bistro with 1930���s art deco d��cor, fresco painting that recalls Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha prints, traditional zinc bar, tables laid in white linen, harlequin floor and open fireplace where local fish and meats are grilled. So far, so intriguing. Patrick Comte is a fourth-generation chef who trained in some of Paris��� most superb restaurants, including Le Crillon and Prunier, and here uses the finest local ingredients in inventive dishes like duck tartare with comfit tomatoes and parmesan shavings, grilled sea bream marinated in lemon, coriander and ginger. Order the warm chocolate cake with molten interior with pistachio cream at the beginning of your meal. There���s a proper vegetarian menu, too.

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