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Histoire ancienne

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20 rue Royale | Calais Centre, 62100, Calais, France
0321341120
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
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
Excellent

Good quality, good food - a proper gem of a restaurant. We were lucky enough to walk in and get a table on a Friday night and it was full of locals which was a testament to the great food they served.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sue J
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Holyhead, United Kingdom
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Holyhead, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good quality, good food - a proper gem of a restaurant. We were lucky enough to walk in and get a table on a Friday night and it was full of locals which was a testament to the great food they served.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Always beautifully presented and cooked impeccably, particularly char-grilled dishes, in my view. We had crème brulee maroilles and scallops for starter and steak poivre(perfectly medium), skewered scallops and fricassee de rognons in cream mustard sauce for main - all delicious. I thought my rognons was a bit overcooked yet, as the meat was less succulent against my expectation but it... More 

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

Dear Spirianian, Thank you so much in first time for your many visit in our restaurant. The entire team of histoire anienne joins me in thanking for this wonderful review. We are glad that you had appreciate your meal. We shall be delighted to welcome you back. Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Worms, Germany
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117 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The menu is traditional yet with a modern twist.The Quality of the Food is excellent and the Prices are very moderate. Service is very good and the place itself is very nice.

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Thank DrKr1968
123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Drkr1968, we are happy to know the you enjoyed your meal in our restaurant, We hope to have the pleasure to receive you on your next trip in calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Excellent in all areas. Slightly expensive but if you want a typical French fine cuisine and wine this is it

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

Dear Kencarvosso, Thank you so much for your post, It will be share with all our team, Kinds regards Claire comte More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Charming little restaurant in the old tow. Book a table as it gets very busy around 8pm. Traditional french cuisine, with several good value menus or la cater to choose from. Staff very friendly and helpful but somewhat slow on a busy Friday evening (as usual in France). Nice amuse bouche to start with, excellent Escargot Provencale. Days dish was... More 

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Thank Mikko S
123ht123, Gérant at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Mikko, Thank you so much for your kindly post, we are delighted that you enjoyed you meal, We hope to see you on the next trip in Calais, Kinds regards, Claire COMTE More 

Harpenden, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

My wife and I visited this restaurant after reading Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed probably one of the best meals we have ever had in France.

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

Dear HarpendenWrinklies, Thank you so much for your kindly post, It will be share with all our team, kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed a great meal in the restaurant last Friday. The set menu was terrific and the house red wine was to die for. All in all a good night out.

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Thank Sean W
123ht123, Gérant at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear Sean, Thank you so much for your post, it will be share with all our team, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Canterbury, Kent
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

We have eaten here a few times in the past decade, but not recently, so it was good to see there has been some refurbishment. Alas, the incredible revolving toilet seat has been replaced by a more mundane contemporary item - quelle dommage! We arrived without a reservation and were lucky to get a table for two. The service was... More 

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

Dear Johnmor, I read with great interest the report of your last meal here. Thank you for noticing the quality of our restaurant. We choose seasonal products, all fresh and cooked the day .... To preserve maximum flavor. We are glad you have a good time. Thank you More 

Corby, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

This was our first time at the Histoire ancienne, but would be more than happy to return. The welcome was friendly and the atmosphere was pleasant. There were four of us for dinner and all agreed the food was delicious. We all had different courses and all agreed that it was worth a revisit.

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

Dear Yelnus, thank you so much for your kindly post, It will be share with all our team, kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Having enjoyed many lunches here over the years, we extended our visit this year to stay overnight in a nearby hotel, so as to enjoy a leisurely dinner with no-one having the short straw of having to drive home afterwards. And what a good decision it was! The food was better than ever, combining French flair and imagination with first... More 

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Thank bob w
123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear BOB, Thank you so much to share your experience, I read your post with a great interest, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 rue Royale | Calais Centre, 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: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children

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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