Circa 1876 at The Convent - Pokolbin

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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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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had the 7 course menu and it was absolutely incredible, we were completely blown away by the quality and service. They were very accomodating when we wanted to eat our dessert in the lounge area.

MJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was absolutely amazing. We had the 7 course degustation to try a bit of everything, it was however, very slow! The first 4 entree courses took about 30mins between each and then suddenly the mains came out all at once. We were there for just over 3 hours and were so hungry for the first 2, and then sickly full at the finish because we had the heaviest part all at once

ES
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful evening of exceptional food. Jade was a stand-out staff member. Only (if I am being extremely picky) slight negative was constant topping up of wine felt a little pressured to get to the next bottle quicker. Could not fault anything we had to eat and what a delight to not have our meal disturbed by someone else's rugrats. An "adults only" dining experience, what a joy!!

HM
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I hadn't been to Circa for a while and I was thrilled that the food was as good or better than ever. We had a lovely evening with perfect food and attentive and thoughtful service.
The only criticism I have is that the local Hunter Valley wine on their list is priced at an incredibly steep mark up. We visited several of the wineries whose wine they stock and marks ups on cellar door retail were at least 300%. They would obviously be paying wholesale so that percentage would be higher. It would be nice to see local wine at a more reasonable price to encourage and promote the local industry.

JC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We had a three course meal for lunch. Everything exceeded expectations. Setting was great for special occasions and service was impeccable.

RL
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about our lunch was perfect. The restaurant is spacious with lovely views of vineyards, veggie gardens and rustic buildings. The waitstaff are friendly, helpful and do well to explain the intricacies of the menu. We enjoyed the delights of the 5 course tasting menu and vegetarian tasting menu. All dishes were well executed and imaginative. I will dream of the beetroot truffle risotto for years to come. Great wines too. This was a perfect start to our weekend in the Hunter. Thank you!

M
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fanatic service from the team there along with some amazing wine choices.

They made our anniversary that much more special.

MB
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely loved another dining experience at Circa 1876! The food is delicious, and it is really difficult to decide what to try this time...you just have to come back and try other meals next time. The staff are unobtrusive but very friendly, making you feel valued even when they have a full house. We had chosen this wonderful venue for our daughter's wedding last November, one of the best decisions of our lives. It holds an important place in our hearts, and we hope to return regularly. Thank you so much, everyone at Circa!

DW
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow. Just wow. Been fortunate to visit some wonderful restaurants around the world, and this one is right up there.

RF
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, personalised service and attention to details. Special shout to lovely Jayde for making us feel at home. Excellent location, decor, and overall enrichment was mystically beautiful.

JV
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely incredible food, wine was amazing, staff are extremely friendly. Highly recommended, can’t wait to come back for lunch.!

GH
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were made to feel very special asked if we were celebrating and as we were there for a birthday they provided a special plate with macaroons
The service was impeccable and the was delicious

TR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great location and knowledgeable staff

k
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Place and great experience, Chef was helpful to assist with dietary requirements that made it a memorable meal and to celebrate our anniversay.

SC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely superb food and service. Beautiful location and wonderful ambiance. This place really is head and shoulders above most of the competition. Karen and Brent's service was impeccable and each dish was a work of art.

IC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely superb food and wine. My partner and I had the tasting menu and could not fault a dish. The service was absolutely excellent, our waiter was extremely attentive and made sure we were well taken care of. Would absolutely return on our next trip to the hunter valley!

SA
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food portions were generous especially dessert! The pork belly was sensational! melted in my mouth with a snap. Karen was the embodiment of the country vibe, very informative about the local produce, as well as genuine and down to earth.
The menu and the 2 or 3 course arrangements could have been explained at the table as it was a little confusing and we were reluctant to ask for clarification.
All in all a delightful hidden country gem we loved it. We will be back.

E
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upon arrival, we felt like we were part of the restaurant. everyone was friendly/welcoming, informative and understanding. Food was fantastic, we had the 7-course tasting menu and our daughter had some items from the menu which she thoroughly enjoyed. The 7-course menu/food was amazing, with simplicity infused with various herbs/flavours that were absolutely enjoyable.

T
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible, staff were knowledgable and attentive, wine was paired perfectly with the food even though they altered the pairings as one of us can’t drink red 10/10 would recommend and come again

TS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff. A definite must if you are in the area.

KM
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing experience! Still thinking about thos scallops! Wait staff were lovely

TA
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was beautiful, we will certainly be back. And I have already recommended to friends for a romantic dinner.

AS
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Without a doubt my favourite dining experience ive ever had. Couldnt fault a single bit of the night. Everything was 10/10!

GC
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a very special spot to dine. We both loved the building's character and enjoyed quality wine and impressive food.
Staff were great and helped to guide us through the menu.
The biggest hit in the Hunter Valley

n
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

awesome service and meal. will definitely recommend this place :)

AS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great service nice warm fire place set out perfectly with good vibes

MW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were superb. Such as nice surprise when Trent came to our table to say hi

AS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The setting and the character of the old building transitioning to the new but ‘ old ‘ dining hall was charming. Tables were spaced well so we didn’t feel like our conversation was being heard but others. Fantastic wine and menu choices, with the food amazing. Next time I’m in the Hunter region i’ll be back.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was amazing but our food took way too long

LH
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have now been to Circa a few times. We love going on a Sunday night as it is more relaxing and a great finish to a hectic weekend. The food is fantastic and the staff are wonderful. Will recommend it to all my friends when visiting the Hunter Valley. Thank you again for a great night. The ambience is perfect.

LA
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food and restaurant was excellent. Service was outstanding. Only fault was the range of wines, very limited and no mid range priced wines.

LC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience. The food, presentation and service was outstanding

AB
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a beautiful place.. service and good very good

TW
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Surprised my wife with a trip to the vineyards and dinner at this fantastic restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing and the restaurant itself is just amazing. The staff were excellent and very attentive. Looking forward to going back again.

MD
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would highly recommend dining at Circa 1876. The food was amazing, the service was personable and knowledgeable (thank you Hannah) and the overall experience was truly memorable.

Can't wait to go again!

s
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

We arrived at 6:30pm for dinner with our 2.5 year old daughter and ordered the rib eye to share. We were told it would take 45-50 min. 1 hour and 10 min later they brought out the steak for us to look at before they cut it. We waited another 20 min for the steak to be cut. The steak arrived cold and dry and over done. The sides then took another 10 min to come out. We told 2 waitresses that the steak was inedible and sent it back.
Nobody asked us if we wanted anything else or to even apologise or acknowledge what had happened.
We left the restaurant 2 hours later without having had dinner and with a cranky toddler.
We then ordered pizza from Gourmet Pizza Cessnock and it was FANTASTIC!
But.... not exactly how we thought our special night out would be.
So disappointed with the food and especially the service.
Next time we will go back to Muse and Exp Restaurant which we’re both amazing.

SP
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very pleasant environment to have a meal and the service was terrific, especially in that the staff knew when to engage with the table. The food was well presented and more importantly delicious to eat. The best meal we have had in the Hunter region.

LG
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and the service was amazing, couldn’t fault a thing. Will definitely be back.

S
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting. Would definitely recommend and come again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very happy with our experience. We were staying at The Convent Hotel which dropped us off and picked us up in a buggy (nice touch).
Walking into the restaurant we received a warm, smiling reception. They took our coats and escorted us to our seats. A beautiful fire at the end of the room was a perfect setting for a winter dinner.
I had the 5 course meat tasting menu and my girlfriend had the vegetarian tasting menu.
We both shared the dishes and I can not fault any of it, absolutely delicious and completely satisfied, didn’t need to order a single thing more, the matching wines did compliment the meals nicely also.
Thank you to all the very knowledgeable and friendly staff for making our experience there perfect :)

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