Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

4.6
563 reviews
$41 to $100
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.

Experiences

  • Circa 1876 Group Booking

    A$28.50 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Bookings of 6 or more people will require a non-refundable deposit of 30%. This will be processed on the credit card supplied at the time of booking. The initial non-refundable deposit is forfeit for cancellations at any time up to and including 7 days prior to your reservation. Any cancellation within 7 days, will attract the full Cancellation Charge of $95pp. For any changes please contact us reservations@convent.com.au
  • Circa 1876 Group Booking Policy

    A$34.50 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Bookings of 6 or more people will require a non-refundable deposit of $34.50 pp. This will be processed on the credit card supplied at the time of booking. The initial non-refundable deposit is forfeit for cancellations at any time up to and including 7 days prior to your reservation. Any cancellation within 7 days, will attract the full Cancellation Charge of $115pp. For any changes please contact us reservations@convent.com.au

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 563 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MonP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful ambiance and amazing food. A very special place to dine when visiting the Hunter Valley!

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AlisonG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive staff. Delicious food, beautifully presented.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable and beautifully presented and flavoured 3-course lunch with 3 tasty treats added. Congrats to Trent Barrett and team at Circa 1876.

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MarijaB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience - would recommend to anyone for a special occasion

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JennyS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow Wow and Wow. If you are going to the Hunter Valley, be sure to book Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley into your itinerary. This is an experience from the moment you drive into the property!

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AaronQ
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had mothers day lunch, and it was the best meal I've had in a long time. The Circa Strawberries and Cream was amazing!

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VickiE
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, beautiful location.
Staff very helpful
Spotless

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JudyT
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely divine and the service exceptional. Each dish was better than the next. Circa 1867 will be our one and only choice when visiting the Hunter.

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LoisC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu had enough choice to satisfy most. Dishes were of good size & well executed. Would thoroughly recommend as it is just simply a lovely venue.

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GregS
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue. Brilliant food. Outstanding service. One improvement would be extra lighting in the car park

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JacobG
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazingly delicious food. Chefs can cater to gluten free and it’s so tasty. 10/10 recommend this restaurant.

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Rachael
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb meal!
Our waiter Brent was a wealth of knowledge not just about the food and wine, but the history of the building and surrounds.
A perfect Saturday lunch:
Thank you!

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Carolyn
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Wagu beef was cooked just right ! Caters well for people with coeliac disease - lots of choices

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LloydH
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The building itself was like a piece of colonial Australian art. The food was excellent, although there were not a lot of choices. The staff were outstanding and really helped to make it a very pleasant evening.

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AnniversaryGoers
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was exceptional. Surprisingly the entree was bigger than main. The complimentary appetiser at the start set a great start to the night.

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

I can see how this would be good as a wedding venue but I would never go back for a meal. Unnecessarily huge servings of average quality food, forced to have a three course meal, would expect a lot better for the price.

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Sheriel
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of a kind fine dining experience, Brad made it more comfortable and a pleasure! Will definitely be back to Circa when we’re at the Hunter again!

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George
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated an anniversary here recently and it was really beautiful. We had the 3 course vegetarian menus and the food was amazing, and they organised a special ‘Happy Anniversary’ chocolate plate for us. Definitely would recommend.

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DashaK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We expected more from Circa. The food was good, but nothing to write home about, unfortunately. I had asparagus salad for a start and it wasn't made fresh, for main I had duck, which was quiet tender but was missing an acidic note. It was hard to enjoy it without a glass of wine. Likewise for choice of non alcoholic beverages there wasn't much on offer. Desert was lovely though.
As for the ambience it felt more like a big dining room rather than a cosy old cottage. Portions were small, as we expected, so be prepared to get extra sides and drinks. All in all we expected much more for 110$ per head.

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ScottR
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service and excellent food

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BelB
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing - so tasty and presentation was great. The waitstaff were friendly and knowledgeable. The spacing between courses was perfect.

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ChrisF
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic food, good night and service lead to a great night/ anniversary.

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A43658
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Normally Circa 1876 is brilliant - we are always confident making a booking there as the food is wonderful and everything is 5 star. This time it wasn't so unfortunately. Our entree was very overcooked and tough and we didn't feel like we got that normal 5 star experience, and one of the mains was very bland. Disappointed, but fingers crossed the next time is back to normal.

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely a must if you are looking for a special occasion dining experience. Everything was perfect & the service was second to none. I cannot wait to go back. 10/10

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LizB
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Good service, average food for the price. The restaurant needs a good makeover.

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CharissaS
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most incredible experience! The food was exquisite, the best we have ever eaten! The wine was also delicious!
We will definitely be back!!

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Larn
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was fantastic! So lovely and helpful and had extensive knowledge of everything. Can’t wait to come back!

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JulienQ
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing experience. The salted caramel butter served with the sourdough was astonishingly good as a starter and the surprise appetizer really brought my expectation to the next level. The cod with eggplant and bok choy had an Asian twist with suit our tastes pretty good. The deserts are so well presented. In the strawberry ice cream served with both dry and fresh strawberries, which is a nice surprise. The portion is very generous as well. Will definitely come back.

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Henry
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Entree was pretty average, minimal options and not a fan of the dessert.

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CherylT
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was plentiful and delicious. The service team friendly and helpful. 1876 is a dining experience which I highly recommend.

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DidierS
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Food was nice, but some entrees lacked of seasoning
Service very good and friendly

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Suzie
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I were served by very helpful servers and the food was great. They even replaced my entree because I preferred another one. Absolutely 100% recommend this restaurant if you are in the area!! Excellent service and food!!

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Amyc
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a beautiful dinner for my husbands birthday and our meal was perfect and the restaurant had a great atmosphere. All the staff were very nice and welcoming and very attentive when needed.

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CraigK
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful dining room space.
Service was attentive
Food was sumptuous

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MattC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Tonight was low level wedding food. Very disappointing given reputation. I understand the business has changed hands in the last 12 months. Steak and Quail both dry and chewy. Impression was that it was all about the beautiful setting and someone forgot to focus on the menu and execution.

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RenH
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great experience, fantastic food with great service. A really good experience overall!

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MarkO
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was exceptional and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was great too.

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CassK
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were very lovely and kinda, food was delicious

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MarieF
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely experience. The service was wonderful. I'm not a 3 course person. We would have preferred the option to select 2 course or 3 course.

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RichardB
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was on the whole really lovely and well presented. The waitress was a lovely lady but clearly overrun, so staffing was an issue, which you just can't do at a restaurant with this price point. We poured our own wine and food was brought out without knowing which table it belonged to. Not exactly a huge issue but disappointing for an anniversary dinner and when you are paying $300 for two.

FAQs

Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley is rated 4.6 stars by 563 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.