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Histoire ancienne

20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
0321341120
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Ranked #5 of 114 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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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We ate here for lunch. Very impressed with the ambience, the decor, and the food was delicious. Service excellent.

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Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

As it was a Tuesday we hadn't booked but when we arrived at about 7.45pm we were given the only free table. Service a bit slow but that's understandable as the restaurant was completely full, and with French people: we were the only British in there. Food was good - the most fantastic chips I've EVER had - and for... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We planned to eat here, but checked up and down Rue Royale first. It was head and shoulders above the other places. Good choice on menu, friendly service and clearly a favorite with Calais residents. Service a little slow, but probably because we came in at nearly eight pm, when the place was close to full and the kitchen would... More 

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and it serves great food. In our opinion it is well worth the price of the tunnel or ferry. We will be returning soon. NB it's worth using their website to book a table.

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We went here for lunch before our ferry back, having selected it on the basis of its Tripadvisor rating. We had a very good experience, in the company of locals out with their families and English tourists about to return to the ferry. I had a starter of marrow bone, a main course of sea bass and a dessert of... More 

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

Dear Waterlawy, Thank you so much for you kindly post on tripadvisor, Saturday during lunch, you asked me the white grape of St Joseph, I can tell you now ; it's MARSANNE for the white and for the red Saint-Joseph the grape is "Syrah"..... We hope to see you on your next trip in Calais ! Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Berkshire
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Four of us had lunch at this restaurant yesterday after our friends researched Trip Advisor to find a good place to eat in Calais. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. Will definitely eat here again, highly recommend the Histoire Ancienne superb food served with a smile.

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

Thank you so much for your kindly post ! it is with great pleasure that we welcome you on your next visit to our restaurant, kinds regards cLAIRE comte More 

Sandwich, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

My husband and I have had lunch here twice. The restaurant is beautifully appointed and is very popular with locals. They do a very good plat de jour - two courses for just under 17 euros - and the food is consistently good. Parking is available nearby and it's very close to the ferry terminal.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Our party of 4 had the most amazing lunch. Everyone's food was outstanding, the cod exceptional. Lovely white table cloths, attentive polite staff. Will definitely make the trip from London again.

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

Dear Claire, Thank you so much for your kindly post on Tripadvisor, you enjoy our restaurant and we are delighted, We hope to have the pleasure to received you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire comte More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

A traditional French bistro serving exceptional food in a great atmosphere. This was our first time at this very impressive restaurant we arrived without a booking at about 7.30pm on a Wednesday evening and given a tremendous welcome. I would probably suggest at weekends make a reservation as it is obviously very popular. The food really was excellent, the décor... More 

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

Chère KVS79, Thank you so much for your kindly post, We are happy to know your satisfaction, we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards, Claire COMTE More 

wigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

After reading reviews for this restaurant we decided it was the one for us. If you want to eat as the French do this is the place I highly recommend. On arrival on a Friday night at 8pm (we did reserve a table in advance) we where shown to our table by a pleasant waitress. We decided to eat off... More 

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

Cher Call117, Thank you so much for your kindly post, We work every day to propose the best quality for price to our guest, we like to work seasonal products, we offer homemade cook, we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

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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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