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Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

4.8
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347 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 347 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
Food
4.8
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cath
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food and atmosphere was great! The staff were really friendly, however the service was a bit slow. We had a few tables that were being seated while we got our entrees, yet they managed to get their mains and dessert before us.

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Laura
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was on another level, service was fantastic. What a special experience! Will be back!

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Stulisaatthehunter
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, simply amazing. Great location and building. Highly recommended.

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BonnieY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Immaculate food, immaculate experience, immaculate customer service!! DEFINITELY recommend.

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Lambast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

overall the food was over seasoned with the exception of the Amuse-bouche which were done very well.

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KassandraB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service. Great for a special dinner with loved ones

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JulieD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was Ana amazing experience and the staff made it very special thanks to the chefs too

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, the food and wine, and excellent table service. It was a wonderful venue to celebrate my wife’s birthday.

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Hog71
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service great but unfortunately we were very let down by the lack of social distancing.

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RayS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Worth the drive. See you again soon.

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AngelaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, food was delicious. Very nice for dinner.

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GinaH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service
Hands down favourite place in hunter valley

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PatagonianToothfishLover
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

I'll go back. Toothfish was great although very small portion. Nice presented dishes, reasonable wine list.

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RadiK
Italy
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent menu and delicious food. Would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Hunter valley.

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Ange
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food and beautiful restaurant. The staff were professional and attentive. I can't rate this place highly enough. The kingfish ceviche and strawberries and cream dessert are to die for!! So delicious and well presented

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AstridM
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent and the desert was probably one of the best I've ever had. The sour dough ice-cream was amazing! Would definitely go back.

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SophiaM
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was really great and big portions for a 3 course meal

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PeterT
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

An interesting locale but, considering the price and the generally high rating this place gets, the food was a disappointment. It was all okay, but nothing special. The elaborate presentations are a bit try-hard because when a lot of care is taken in presentation you expect some special flavours, too. But everything lacked subtlety, sauces were overly sweet, vegetables (eg broccolini) looked overcooked but somehow managed to be tough and undercooked. (Probably cooked then left to sit under heat for too long?) The steak was a nice piece of meat but the flavour was not brought out. Desserts looked odd on the plate and again were nothing special flavour-wise.
General impression: it was more like circa 1976.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic staff, atmosphere and amazing food

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Truthseeker
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful flavours and ambience. The only criticism is that I could have more of the delicious food.

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LiamT2
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Thanks for an great night. Always awesome... see you again soon x

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PaulaS
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would definitely recommend, the food was delicious and very generous. The service was impeccable and definitely great value for what you get. Thank you for a lovely dining experience!

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Ronnieo
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very impressed. The service was impeccable, food was delicious and the setting was simply delightful. Would recommend any one who is travelling to the Hunter Valley

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Kayden1
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We continue to visit this restaurant over the years and are never disappointed

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Roslyn
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Next level cuisine!!! We highly recommend Circa to anyone that goes to the Hunter Valley

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BriW
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, great wine, friendly service, beautiful setting. I would definitely return.

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wladd
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, creative and fresh dishes, service was also very good despite busy night. Would definitely come back next time visiting hunter valley to see what the chef will come up with!

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SusanneE
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would recommend Circa 1876 to diners who enjoy a beautiful setting and excellent service. The food was absolutely delicious and reasonably price for a silver service experience. I hope I can go again soon!

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AngeleP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mother & son

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely deserving of the hat. Very relaxed and enjoyable, even in these Covid times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely dinner at Circa 1876 for my husband’s birthday. The zucchini flowers were delicious, along with the steak.
The staff were friendly and informative. The old building is beautiful. Overall a wonderful experience.

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KimberlyS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Friendly service from Nathan, beautiful venue. Complimentary tasters were provided (sashimi and squid ink gnocchi). We were also surprised with a lovely plate of two macarons and "Happy honeymoon" written in chocolate. A very special dinner for two fairly ordinary diners. We felt fancy.

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Duxx
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing space and experience to dine in. Service from Jayde was exceptional. A memorable evening with fantastic food and wine. Highly recommend.

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ElaineM
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Had nearly an hour wait for food which was a tad disappointing but overall food was amazing
Good to have some more lactose free options for dessert

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AandM
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just an absolutely beautiful environment to spend time with family and friends over a superb meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

I highly recommend a trip to this culinary experience.

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Happytummy
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My girlfriends and I went away to Circa 1876 post lifting of COVID-19 lockdown. We went to Circa and had their 3 course menu, the food was absolutely fantastic and at an amazing price. The service was incredible. We had a great time at Circa. I could see why we could only get a booking at 8pm

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic, ambience and service were great.

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Rachael
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delicious and cooked really well ,
The little extra food surprises made the price of our meal worth it !
They were very accommodating to my daughters allergies and food requirements.

If your a fussy eater and like on quality produce you will see the value in dining here.

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AmandaN
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and team who remembers us from our annual visits to circa. Thank you for a sensational lunch. We loved every course. Can’t wait to be back again next year

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Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley is rated 4.8 stars by 347 OpenTable diners.

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