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Histoire ancienne

20 rue Royale, 62100 Calais, France
0321341120
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Ranked #6 of 108 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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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

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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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 NEW

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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Hampshire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Worth a trip to Calais just to have a meal here. Very good value for excellent food, decor and service. We will be back

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Penrhyn Bay
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We've had to wait a couple of years to revisit what is one of our favourite restaurants anywhere - timing of our arrival and departure from France is usually agaist us. But not this time. Reservation is recommended here, but we called in for an early weekday lunch without a prior booking and were pleased to be accommodated. Thankfully, the... More

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We were in Calais for a day trip and decided to give this restaurant a try once again as we had not been there for some time.We have always experienced quality service and food to match,and once again we were not dissapointed.We chose from the Formule lunch menu 16.90 for 2 course and the Menu Histoire Ancienne 19.90 for 3... More

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Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Depending what you are looking for..the decor is nice, the food is not questionable, the menu is creative, including the wine card. But for the price, you would expect a minimum of service and atmosphere and that is simply non existent. Average is a very fair and gentle rating, no need to rush there.

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

Dear Guyleon, Thank you for your post on Tripadvisor, it is with pleasure that we read your appreciation for our designs, our food and our wine selection, we did consider your feedback on the service and the atmosphere of our bistro,we are sorry not to have been in your expectations on these points, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

Looking for something to do different on a Saturday evening we found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and decided to hop across the Channel for the evening and give it a try. We were not to be disappointed. The fixed price evening was truly superb. Our main courses were cooked over a traditional wood grill. My Wife had the Monkfish,... More

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

Cher ANDREWANDFRANCES, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience in our restaurant on tripadvisor. It is with great pleasure that we read your review. What satistaction for ourselves and our team to know that you enjoyed all our services. Kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Tunbridge Wells
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We've eaten here on a previous day trip and it didn't disappoint this time. Proper French food, nicely prepared at sensible prices - and the house red is a bargain, too. Best to reserve a table because it's popular with locals as well as visitors and you can park outside for free during the lunchtime parking amnesty.

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

Dear Motmot, We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal in our restaurant, we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, kinds regards Claire COMTE More

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Fantastic. Saturday night menu £24.00 for 3 course at this superb town centre restaurant. Have you ever been to Calais? Its not just ships and industry there are many Hotels and Restaurants and this one does not disappoint. Try and get food of this standard and quality at this price in the UK... hmmm you wont! 2012,2013,2014 Michelin award winner... More

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

Dear Poggy 497, Thank you so much for your kindly post on tripadvisor; Thank you for your pointing out our Michelin guide's ranking for the "best value fort best quality". Calais has a very beautiful tourist offer as well as optimal for shooping with two major shooping center. Thank you so much, 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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