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Histoire ancienne

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20 rue Royale | Calais Centre, 62100, Calais, France
+33 3 21 34 11 20
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12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a super evening here. The staff were attentive and friendly making us feel welcome and special. The food was delicious and the wine list had a good range of wines. We will certainly eat here again!

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was such a shame because we had been eating in this restaurant two or three times a year for more than the last thirty years. We liked it under its original owners as a Burgundian flavour restaurant and we liked it even more when Patrick Comte took over, twenty years ago. He introduced more fish and fresher, more seasonal... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant has a wonderful French style, a bit like the Parisien fin de siecle bistros. Pleasant staff greeted me in English. I chose the €22 menu. I was brought an excellent amuse bouche - a light fish pate - whilst I waited for my first course, endive soup. The soup was full of flavour and my tarte tatin pudding... More 

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Thank David H
123ht123, Propriétaire at Histoire ancienne, responded to this review

Dear David, Thank you for your post on Tripadvisor, Thank you for pointing out that you appreciate our decor and the food; Not being aware of your disappointment, we could not handle the problem you encountered. It is a pity that you did not report your disappointment. As a professional, it is important for us to understand and exchange orally.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and ambience - very good value. Certainly will be on the list for a return visit next year.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a tall order. We were seven friends needing a good lunch in Calais on a wet Monday in November. And one of us wanted a vegetarian meal - not easy in France at the best of times. We need not have worried. The food was superb, the staff friendly and attentive - even the chef! - and we... More 

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

Dear ELWIN, Thank you sincerely for your post, We are pleased to note that you enjoyed our restaurant, prunes marinated in the old port, licorice ice cream, wins a great success with our customers !!! It is with great pleasure that we welcome you during your next visit in Calais, kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Exmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good value eatery. Good wine list too. Main courses were the standout for me 😀 Would visit again 😀

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

Dear Treaclehunter, Thank you so much for your kindly post, It will be with pleasure that we will welcome you on your next passage in calais, kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Essex,UK
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178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a table for lunch earlier this week. It must be the 10/12th visit, possibly more as we seem to have been here regularly over the past 10 years. Anyway, we have never failed to have a wonderful lunch whatever time of year we have visited. This time we ordered from the Bib Gourmand menu - salmon and prawn... More 

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

Dear Gracie, Thank you so much for your kindly post, Thank you for your loyalty, Kinds regards Claire COMTE More 

Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on a day trip to Calais (mainly to buy wine) but looked carefully for somewhere to have a decent lunch. It is always easy to find places to eat but we felt we wanted something a bit above the usual and walking up and down the road we found several potential places but opted for this restaurant, attracted... More 

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

Dear Gwyn, Thank you so much for your post on tripadvisor. Thank you for noted the quality of our cuisine and our decor. We work to propose a good value for price for a food made with fresh products, cooked of the day. We hope to have the pleasure to received you on your next trip in Calais, Kinds regards... More 

Abingdon, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

In the centre of town, this busy restaurant offers good food and service at a decent price. Four of us ate there and paid €115 – we were driving, so we weren’t drinking alcohol, so had fruit juice aperitifs. There was a good lunchtime crowd of locals, who obviously know a good thing when they find it. Worth a short... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Had dinner last Saturday, and weren't disappointed! fantastic and tasty food as always! beautiful place, friendly attentive professional staff! visited this establishment several times and never we had a bad experience! fancy some good food in calais? l'histoire ancienne is the place to go! Will definitely come back!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
Monday
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 rue Royale | Calais Centre, 62100, Calais, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Hauts-de-France  >  Pas-de-Calais  >  Calais
  • Phone Number: +33 3 21 34 11 20
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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