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Histoire ancienne

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20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
0321341120
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 27
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  • 10
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
WE have been visiting the Ancienne Histoire for many years

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Kimlet
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Warwickshire
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Warwickshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Good choice of menus from reasonable to gourmet. The food was excellent with good friendly service . Clearly a restaurant frequented by locals as well as tourists.

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St. Jean Cap Ferrat
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It really is a pitty - this restaurant has a good chef and a delightful interior but the ambiance is ruined by one or two arrogant staff members. I had thought that this was an attitude of the past in France, but it is alive and well in this establishment. A pitty as the food is worth the attempt to... More 

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

Dear Daniel, Thank you for appreciating the quality of our cuisine, I have noted your comments about the service, Thank you for contacting us by mail in order to understand exactly how you feel, which will help us fix the problem you encountered, accept our apologies, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Denia spain
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79 reviews 79 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This restaurant is a gem, we paid a return visit as the food was excellent and the staff very helpful and friendly. In our opinion the best restaurant in Calais. The menu is quite varied, with a dinner menu consisting of three courses priced at 19.90 per person.The wine is also not too expensive. The food is well presented and... More 

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

Dear Len, Thank you so much for your kindly post, I am delighted that our restaurant you have agreed and particulary liked, kinds regard, Claire comte More 

Dalheim
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We dined here with friends as it came recommended and was less than 100 metres from our hotel. Several of us tried the foie gras starter and were delighted with the dish - cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. I chose steak for my main course, a dish which is sometimes easy to get wrong but in this case was... More 

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

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

Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great service fantastic food . Best restaurant in Calias . Clean efficient varied menu. Staff are very pleasant with a good sense of humour

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123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review
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Chère Ann, Je suis ravie que notre établissement vous ai plu, merci d'avoir pris le temps de poster votre avis... More 

Kingsdown, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you speak French it seems the service is even better. Great menu. Good food. Lovely presentation.

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

Dear Sir, Thank you for your kindly port on our restaurant, it will be share with our team, kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

London
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My wife and I took a day trip to Calais on Saturday, 7th February and our first stop was to have lunch at this wonderful bistro. We arrived shortly after it opened for lunch at noon and was one of the first diners to arrive but by 1230 it became increasing busy. What a wonderful dining experience! The ambience was... More 

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

Dear Michael, I am pleased to know that you enjoy your breakfast in our restaurant and you had a good time. Thank you so much for your kindly post and your photos... The chocolate "crème brulée" is a new dessert that won a lot of success with our clients, we use the Valrhona chocolate, a so nice quality of chocolate!... More 

Ilminster, United Kingdom
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163 reviews 163 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

As we were visiting Calais to top-up our wine rack, we thought we would also revisit this splendid little restaurant. Made a table reservation via email, which worked fine. It was a bitterly cold day and the warmth of the welcome received was much appreciated. The waiter was kindly and amusing and was happy to discuss the menu, using very... More 

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

Dear Sunny, Your review made us very happy, we are delighted to read your satisfaction, we work every day in that sense, do not hesitate to ask the next time sweets it will be with great pleasure that we serve you .... Kinds regards Claire Comte More 

London, England
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We nipped over to Calais to stock up on wine for a family event and came in out of the biting, damp cold to a warm welcome in this lovely bistro in central Calais. I loved the traditional bistro decor, especially the prints of old menus from luxury liners and the one from Paul Bocuse's Lyon restaurant which was on... More 

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

Dear Juliet, it is with great pleasure that I read your review, I will share it with the whole team. We work every day so that our clients have a good time in our restaurant, your satisfaction is our. Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

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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: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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