Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

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301 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Please note for Wednesday & Thursday or any other dates when Circa 1876 is not available, Restaurant 88 may be open for booking. Click here to check availability and reserve your table at Restaurant 88 today. A short stroll down the tree-lined driveway is Circa 1876, the Hunter Valley's most iconic restaurant, located in an historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate. Circa 1876 showcases some great Hunter Valley wines in an award-winning wine list. Circa 1876 quite literally brings the ‘farm to fork’ ethos to life as guests overlook the organic kitchen garden that their food came from just beyond their plate.
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Kata
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, very kind staff. One of the best fine dining places in Australia I’ve ever tried. Highly recommended.

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TaniaF
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing
The best food ever, so much detail had gone into every dish.
Definitely go back

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EmilyV
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This dinner was the nicest dinner we had in the Hunter Valley! We had the scallops for entre, it was exceptionally cooked and the marinade was beautiful! For dinner i had the lamb and it was the most delicious lamb i think i have ever had! I loved it !! For dessert we ate a beautiful cheesecake! Usually cheesecake isnt my thing but i absolutely loved it!

It was also our 3 year anniversary and they served us a little anniversary dessert which was such a special consideration and made the dinner so much more special!

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CraigS
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food, great service. The table we had next to the window, was full of flies, large flies and small fruit flies. Had 4 end up in wine glass. Even waitress said despite lots of spray unable to kill them.

Very hard enjoy food when so many flies around table and food.

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AliB
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, and very filling. The table service was fantastic. I will definitely be back!

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great dining out experience, can thoroughly recommend it!

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great good and great service, they were happy to accommodate special food requirements with no notice

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always!

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down the best meal I’ve had. Everything was perfectly cooked and flavoured! Such a beautiful place as well. I can not fault anything

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food ! The quality of the produce & all the beautiful flavors , freshly baked sour dough & rye & the little fine details & extras such as infused butters , tiny garden vegetables, to the complimentary starters, the explosion of flavors in every bite of every dish wow so impressed by everything thanks to the staff & chef Trent & Karen

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NortonR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Perfect for special occasions.
The food was delicate where needed and robust where appropriate

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Sofiah123
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Specific food allergies meet with creativity and flavour. Meal was art and delicious.
Thankyou

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JoannaG
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Delicious, locally sourced food and wine. Beautiful restaurant. Our waitress' wine knowledge wasn't very confident which was a shame for the matched wine experience but great service and a special evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was one of the best meals my partner and I have had in a long time. Everything was impeccable and the service on top of it made for a fantastic evening.
I cannot wait for an opportunity to visit this restaurant again and try everything on the menu. The only thing I regret is not getting the 7 course tasting menu!

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JasonA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our All time favs! Love this place. Great food, great location.

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Kandkanniversary20
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing place, second time visited, will definitely coming back! Our special occasions have been made very memorable, thank you CIRCA 1876 😊

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KristianaM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were served by Jordan and she was absolutely amazing. Great knowledge of the history of the place. Will definitely return

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service.

We weren’t overly hungry so the 2-course option was great along with complementary bread, sample plate and pre dessert, was all beautiful.

Much of the food is grown on the property and presented with flair and pride.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal with attentive and friendly staff. Highly recommended

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NicoleD
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was the best meal we have had for a very long time absolutely beautiful will be telling friends to book when in the area

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jeanettem
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience
Service fantastic
Will definitely return

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LouiseR
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful meal. The tasters provided by the chef were mouth watering, all the food courses were delicious and presentation immaculate. The staff were friendly and helpful. The aspect out the windows was beautiful and ambience in the room with the exposed beams was warm and cosy. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Friday afternoon lunch with quality food and service. Will definitely go there again.

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere.
Thoroughly enjoyed my experience.
The food and service was seconded to none.

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Davidp
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unique venue where the food and service live up to its reputation

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MargotK
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great location with real character. The staff were fantastic and we will certainly come back again on our next trip to the Hunter Valley. A not to be missed restaurant in that area.

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Tina
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family and I loved the dinner experience. Lovely service and delicious food paired with great wine.

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RichardK
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best dinners I’ve ever had and I’ve been to a lot of top restaurants. Well done guys

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GarethE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second visit and this restaurant never ceases to impress. Staff are helpful and friendly. Food is amazing and is better then many fine food restaurant in other parts of the world

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KassieCan
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Flavours were yum. Not cheap but I expect the quality of the produce to be great and it was. Steak was expensive and could have been better cooked. The lamb was undercooked and I could only eat 2 of the 3 pieces as it was barely cooked.
Beautiful old building. Good wine list. Poor beer list. Very noisy as there was a table of about 20 people that also held our food up but that wasn’t a problem for us

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CatherineW
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was spectacular, service excellent and attentive. Thoroughly enjoyed the chefs tasting menu in a beautiful setting.

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Yuriikay
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here for lunch tk celebrate our anniversary. Everything was amazing!! The ambience, staff, food and service was beyond incredible!! Would come again in a heartbeat!

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KarenD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took some friends from the U.S. They were blown away by the quality and presentation of the food. We already knew. Thanks for a great afternoon.
Perfect.

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JasonL
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A few of my overseas friends and I decided for a dinner here on Sunday night. We originally forgot it was a Sunday and showed up on Saturday night to find a wedding party in full swing. Came back on the Sunday night, while not full (only a few tables left).. the high pitched roof still kept the noise to a good level. The food was fantastic, as were the wines. Some of my friends it over the Muse restaurant which we had on the previous Saturday night..

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SelenaD
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!!!! We celebrated our wedding anniversary and it was perfect.

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veronicav
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, we went recently for our wedding anniversary with my husband, the service was attentive and very nice, the food was good, love how the plates were presented. We were spoil with delicious bread and a plate of deliciousness before our 3 courses. Before our dessert we were surprise with a happy Anniversary Chocolate written plate with sweet treats. It was a pleasant experience.

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TaraH
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and venue were both beautiful. The staff were knowledgeable and were well versed to recommend paired wines

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melg
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have re-booked for January with a larger group. We absolutely loved it!

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JordanT
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining at Circa 1876 was a very memorable experience. The location is picturesque, romantic and the restaurant was elegantly designed and decorated, creating a truly unique environment.
The waitstaff were very friendly, knowledgable and professional. The preparation and presentation of the food was world class, the flavours were intense and extremely well balanced. Dish after dish my partner and I were more impressed, would absolutely recommend.

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DennisT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were sat in the corner near the windows, food and service was great but unfortunately it was also the flies final resting place. ( Last count about 6 to flies)