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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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West Sussex
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Having popped over to Calais overnight for a new exhibition, we decided on the venue having read previous reviews. We discussed the menu with the waiter who spoke fluent English as was very helpful and pleasant. We ordered typical French fare in Fois Gras, escargot, Veal kidneys and steak. All of which were very tasty and well presented, as were... More 

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Dear Sir, Thank you so munch for your kindly post, We are pleased to know that you had appreciate our restaurant, we hope to have the pleasure to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It's our periodical pleasure to have once or twice a year shopping in Calais supermarkets or drive around Northern France, but our visit will not complete without dining at this restaurant. Consistently excellent dishes whatever you have. I had ris de veau (sweetbread)cooked with creamy mushroom sauce, texture was pleasant and the sauce was very flavourful. Also enjoyed grilled pig's... More 

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Dear Spiranian, Thank you for your post, I am pleased to read that you enjoy our restaurant for several years. Our food is typically French with fresh and seasonal ingredients, Thank you to have confidence in us, kinds regards Claire Comte More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Took the family (5) for lunch on a day shopping trip through the Tunnel on Christmas Eve. Fairly full, didn't notice any other Brits, buzzing atmosphere of happy French families. Excellent menus at reasonable prices, mostly traditional French brasserie style, in a room decorated authentically to match. My dozen local escargots in garlic butter were just as they should be,... More 

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Dear phill, Thank you so much to share your experience on Tripadvisor, I confirm to you that we exercise care for the child Menu. The taste is an integral part of the education of a child, in our restaurant, not hamburger, no ham, no nuggests, we only offer noble products tailored to their tastes with fresh vegetable of the day... More 

london
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We chose the midweek fixed price 19 Euro menu and were astonished at the quality. House White was very drinkable. Service was impeccable. Easy to find on the main street with parking nearby and an excellent cheese/wine shop (1 rue A Gerschell) round the corner for quality take home purchases.

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

Dear Ecr01, I am pleased to read that we have contributed to this "PERFECT DAY TRIP", Thank you so much, and we hope to received you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Lovely traditional restaurant with lots of character. Had a delicious lunch here, service was very attentive without being intrusive. Food was absolutely delicious and well presented. Good value. Shall definitely return.

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

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We went to this restaurant with friends who have been before just before driving back to the Tunnel after 4 days near Versailles. They recommended it highly and it absolutely lived up to expectation. 10 of us for lunch-no problem. Mix of A la Carte and Prix-fixe set menus. Beautifully cooked and beautifully presented....tastes great as well! Very reasonably priced... More 

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

Dear Jonathan, Thank you so much to share your experience on Tripadvisor, I'm pleased to read that you appreciate our food and the our reasonably priced, see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Situated along the Calais high street its so easy to find. What tempted me about this place was its romantic exterior and also that this restaurant is in the Michelin guide and apparently has collected some awards. The interior is very traditional French which is lovely and had some tasteful Christmas lights dotted around the place. As it was lunch... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to partage your experience on TripAdvisor. We very much appreciate your positive comments regarding your meal, Kinds regards Claire comte More 

Mailhac
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127 reviews 127 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Not our first first, nor even the second or third. We keep coming back because it is consistently great! This time we have visited just before Christmas whilst on our way to UK and just after Christmas on our way home to the Languedoc. Nice food, well cooked, well presented and pleasantly served in a warm firendly ambiance. The menu... More 

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Dear Sir, Thank you so much for your visit in our restaurant, I'm pleased to know that you appreciate once again our food, we hope to see you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire comte More 

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

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

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

Dear Leon, Thnak you so much for your kindly post, I'm pleased to read that you had appreciate our ambiance, food and service, See you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

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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Dear Hampshire, I'm pleased to know that we had a part in your "EXCELLENT EVENING MEAL", thank you to enhance our good value, Your satisfaction we'll be share with our team, 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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