Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

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292 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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MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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

NR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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

S
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
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!

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

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

K
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 😊

KM
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

DS
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal with attentive and friendly staff. Highly recommended

ND
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

j
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience
Service fantastic
Will definitely return

LR
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

OT
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.

AS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

MK
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.

T
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.

RK
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

GE
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

KC
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

CW
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.

Y
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!

KD
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.

JL
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..

SD
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

v
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.

TH
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

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

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

JT
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.

DT
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)

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good was fabulous. Great place to mark a special event. Warm professional staff

AL
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have travelled the world and visited some of the best restaurants but nothing could compare to the Circa, the food was AMAZING. Words don’t do it justice, you have to put this place down as a bucket list item. It’s UNFORGETTABLE !!!!!!!

CK
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On our first visit to NSW recommended by my daughter, who had heard good reviews. We were so lucky to have found this venue. The staff were excellent, they did not rush us and gave detailed explanations of the food and wines.
Looking forward to our next trip to Australia, to revisIt this top rate restaurant, for its imaginative quality food.

Chris and Karen Scott
Cornwall U.K.

S
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable (Thanks Karen). Food was faultless.

Just a great experience

y
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited on my birthday. My partner asked a staff a bday plate she friendly prepared.
All staff did nice service and the food was great.
Wagyu streak was best. We will definitely come back.

S
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.