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Histoire ancienne

20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
0321341120
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Ranked #6 of 106 restaurants in Calais
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We saw this restaurant recommended on Trip Advisor and fortunately it turned out to be just round the corner from the Hotel Meurice. Good menu, excellent food and a good wine list. Efficient, friendly service. What more can you ask?

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We were taken by friends on the first stop of our trip to Holland, we had the most delightful lunch and it was a lovely start to our trip. The atmosphere, food and service were all impeccable and it was a lovely experience.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

On a recent trip to Calais my wife I had the good fortune to discover this superb restaurant on the Ru Royale in Calais. We had the Plate de Jour and were not disappointed. The meal was an absolute joy from start to finish. Good service, pleasant atmosphere and excellent food make a return visit to Calais a must for... More

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Hadleigh, Essex
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was the third year we have been to this marvelous restaurant. We always go for the cordon bleu options as we see this as such a treat and there is always a standout option, for me this time it was the sweetbreads in a mushroom sauce for a starter which I will remember for a long while. I find... More

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Newark, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Absolutely Great food in a nice atmosphere. My Wife had Sea Bass and I had Pepper Steak and it was faultless. Sweets were to die for. Nice bottle of Vezelay wine to was it all down. We shall return.......

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London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I came here with my fiance as part of a day trip to Calais to pick up the Champagne for our wedding. As it was her birthday too, I thought it would be fun to have a small celebratory lunch before driving back and I was absolutely delighted with my choice, as was she! The challenge with Calais is because... More

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

Dear TOM, Thank you so much for your kindly post on tripadvisor, We are happy that you appreciate your lunch in our restaurant and your shoping-wine trip in Calais, we present to you our best wishes for your future happiness of wedding, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My wife and I had lunch here after arriving by ferry from Dover on a (£1 offer) day trip to Calais.We had the 2 course lunch just over 16 euros (one pork, one salmon and both apple tart) which was excellent value. If we go to Calais again we will definitely lunch here.

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

Dear Graham, Thank you so much for your post, we are pleased to know that you appreciate our lunch menu at 16 €, we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire comte More

Tauranga New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This restaurant is class. Great french cuisine. A wine list of very best wines. The service was first class. The food was served hot and there was plenty of it. I had the rack of lamb and would have sworn it was the best of New Zealand lamb but was informed that it was local from the region. When visiting... More

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

Dear Mcleondnz, Thank you to share your experience on TRIPADVISOR, Indeed, the good feedback that you had is in the center of our concerns. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you very soon, kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Ilminster, United Kingdom
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121 reviews 121 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Toyed with the idea of booking a restaurant for our recent trip to Calais, but in the end decided to wing it - although I did take a list of four of the most recommended restaurants in the town, as a guide. Two of the establishments were in Rue Royale, so having driven around a bit and having found said... More

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

Dear Sunny, Thank you so much for your kindly post, it will be share with our staff, we are happy to know that you appreciate our restaurant, we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We stumbled upon this restaurant by accident but what a find! Probably the best started I have ever had and my daughter had a wonderful tarte tatin. The staff were very attentive and the overall ambience was very 'French' and elegant.

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

Dear Clare, Thank you so much for your kindly post on TRIPADVISOR, We are pleased to know that you appreciate our restaurant and your meal, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

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