Circa 1876 at The Convent - Pokolbin

4.7
217 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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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Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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JJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Enjoyed being in such a historic building. Thank you.

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

Great food and service, loved the open fire in winter. A very special experience in every way

It was great that we could take our kids to a fine dining restaurant as we hadn't been to one for many years. We commented afterwards that even the kids meals would have passed as adult meals at many other places.

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C
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food but the experience was made by the service by karen👍👍👍

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PH
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. Wonderful ambience. Left with a fiancé

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OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and service!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere, can't wait to go back! 😁😁 service great

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UC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing meal at Circa 1876! The pork belly entree was to DIE for. My only issue was how full I got and how I wasn’t able to finish my Moreton bay bug main! Thank you for a lovely night.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As expected the food and service was amazing (As it always is!). We live locally and come here as we have never had a bad dining experience at Circa 1876. Will definitely be back for our next special occasion!!! 10/10.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The venue is outstanding with a picturesque estate and surroundings, down to the inside of the buildings. It’s definitely a step back in time.
The service was amazing with the staff giving an explanation on all of the food and where they get it from. We had the three course lunch.
Would highly recommend
We spent 3 hours here. Was unreal

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the entree and main. Delicious and well presented. Beautiful venue and lovely staff. Dessert was a little disappointing however was still very nice - I think I had super high expectations! Will definitely return again.

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K
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning! The atmosphere is relaxed with the set up of the restaurant and decor. We chose the 7 course tasting menu with matching wines. Every single course was cooked to perfection. The wines complemented each course well. The service was outstanding. Our main waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wines and he was very attentive to our every need. I cannot think of a single thing to improve the night. Thank you for a special dining experience.

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CO
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the whole experience
Food was delicious and very well balanced. Wines that we sleeted were excellent.
Staff were great and just the right amount of attention and chat! Plus very helpful with explanation of the dishes
Only negative was we found it rather difficult to find in the dark. Needs better signage how to enter the car park from the drive in
Definitely will be back and will recommended

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Overall our visit was a good experience
We found, like all of the hospitality business' in the Hunter Valley a lot of young staff and seemed to lack decisive leadership. Small errors for example, paired wine being brought to the table with no glasses ready halfway through the tasting menu or food arriving prior to the waiter who was going to make the description.
This didn't take away from some well cooked, beautifully plated, modern Australian fare.
The biggest disappointment for us as a couple who like pomp and pageantry of fine dining was the lack of dress code, a stunning dining room and guests comfortably dining in jeans and a t-shirt.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best service and food I have ever expercined in the Hunter valley and I have already reccomened to 4 of my friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went to Circa to celebrate my birthday last weekend. It was amazing. What an experience. The place is like a travel in time. It's just beautiful. The food was amazing and the service was great.

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N
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food and wine, unassuming service. Better than any Sydney restaurant I’ve been to.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had only heard good reviews from the restaurant when we booked and I must say that I wasn't disappointed. The service was great, the food was amazing and all the staff were helpful, friendly and very accommodating. Would recommend this place and will be definitely going back there again. It is now one of my favourite places to eat when we visit the Hunter.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Genuinely one of the best meals I have ever had, service was understated but excellent, food was across the board excellent with my main course (the braised beef w truffled polenta) being simply remarkable,

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P
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best restaurant in the hunter! Food and service is exceptional.

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d
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, exceptional food and service without snobbery of some other high end restaurants.
Highly recommend.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Food was great and the staff were very friendly they made our engagement night an even more special night would recommend Circa 1876 to everyone

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MB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and beautiful food. Great variety of meals to choose from. Wine by the glass is a bit overpriced and background music was a touch load but overall a great experience .

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AC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

We selected this restaurant for the great reviews for vegans and vegetarians. Unfortunately, it was a big disappointment for both vegan and vegetarian diners in our group. The vegan main consisted of carrot peelings and what looked like other kitchen scraps. However, the meat-eaters enjoyed their meal, but felt the paired wines were a bit uninspiring. The venue is gorgeous and be sure to have a seat in the lounge room if you do go.
Overall, we felt that the meal wasn’t great value for money especially if you are a non meat eater, and there are other better options in the Hunter.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food! Restaurant design lived up to its name. Such a quaint space with great value. Food was generous for fine dining. Reservations is a must! Thanks for the memorable experience!

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JD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service as always. Such a beautiful restaurant and grounds. An excellent place to celebrate with friends or as a couple. Will definitely be returning.

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PA
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The service was friendly and professional. Highly recommended. The fire place was also amazing.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the 5 course meal with wine accompaniment which was outstanding, complements to the Chef.
The service was great from all the staff, will definitely be going back and would not hesitate to recommend to others.
Thank you for a great evening

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DC
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, well matched wines and a great experience all around

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M
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The meal was delicious. The presentation outstanding. The service excellent. The atmosphere stylish and cosy ( with beautifully set up tables in an old timber structured room with big open fireplace)
Worth visit for a lunch to combine great food with beautifully surrounding .
Kids friendly, special kids menu.

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N
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed dining at Circa 1876. Jade, Ged and Karen were warm and welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. The food was absolutely delicious with perfectly paired wines. We highly recommend the whole experience.

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g
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

deep impressive ,good food,nice garden

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SH
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the staff were knowledgeable,attentive,and accommodating whilst not falsely friendly. The food was presented by the waiters with informed style. Wonderful flavours from delicious fresh ingredients to savour at every course. Trent the chef has a vision and skill which should see this restaurant have a hat! Highly recommended!

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SR
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Circa is like a red that has aged exceptionally well. Various depths of flavour in our entrees and mains. The lemon tart had the perfect thin, and melt in your mouth short crust pastry. Would rate as one of the best lemon tarts l’ve ever eaten

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LC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

While the restaurant was nice it wasn’t everything I had imagined. The food was good, although my partners selections were much tastier than mine. When we arrived we were told the degustation menu was not available on Easter Sunday. We were never told this even on the two occasions where they called to confirm the booking (the first time I didn’t have my card on me) they didn’t mention it. Had they, I would have cancelled the booking because it was the only reason we selected the restaurant so it really set the night off on to a bad start. The staff were ok, not bad but not impressive nor did they seem particularly knowledgeable. The wine list was short and uninteresting my partner is a chef and studying wine so it really wasn’t what we expected. All in all the evening was ok but not the special treat we had hoped for.

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A
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!!! Every mouthful brought a smile to our faces and we left very happy. Will definitely be back.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was fantastic. Had a lovely time. The wait staff were fantastic and the food was amazing.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. There were some issues with the sound system, but this didn’t have much impact on the overall experience. Will definitely be back.

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JU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most beautiful restaurant and grounds, outstanding food and service.

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