Circa 1876 at The Convent - Pokolbin

4.6
172 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
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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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2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a gem! We have visited on several occasions in the past, when on visits to Australia from the UK. The building and surrounding vegetable gardens provide an excellent background.

The food was perfectly prepared and the service was excellent; all together, a perfect occasion!

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G
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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb experience - the food, the environment & service. Very highly recommended!

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A
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Circa 1876's menu is so interesting and also offers a wonderful tasting menu for vegetarians and meat eaters. Every dish was outstanding (including the divine bread). The service was a wonderful combination of friendly, knowledgeable and timely. Lots of thoughtful and individual touches made our meal experience very special. You get what you pay for at this lovely restaurant.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a great experience. The staff were friendly, the food was amazing and the restaurant was beyond excellent

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AF
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food and wine in a very nice atmosphere. Only ‘criticism’ was that the airco was too cold and that our starter came when we just received our amuses bouche. However, these are details. It was a very nice experience, would recommend it to anyone staying in the Hunter Valley.

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d
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Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful environment, great service, excellent food.

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NA
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Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beyond amazing! We both agreed it is the best restaurant experience we have had. We are from Sydney, have travelled a lot, this was the best. Modern, exquisite food - due to the name and fit out, thought it might be old fashioned.. couldn't have been more wrong! Fitout of restaurant is beautiful, old meets modern done cleverly - very impressive. Everything tasted perfect. Great sized servings. We had the 7 courses to make sure we could try as much as possible. So glad we did. Foie Gras was delicious. Moreton Bay Bug my favourite course - cooked perfectly and with a little cube of Pork belly. All the mains were exciting and different. Every course was just to die for. Will drive back from Sydney just to go there again. LOVED IT

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SH
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Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, perfect food and service was friendly but professional. Fine dining at it's best.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is absolutely a great restaurant for any occasions. The wine paring and cocktail is nice too. It has 2 courses and 3 courses options and 5-7 tasting menu. The scollap, soft shell crab, beef and toothfish are outstanding choices. I went there twice. The services are nice too, which brought us there twice.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing risotto and generous servings for a fine dining restaurant!

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BO
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Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was perfect, the food was outstanding, and you couldn’t ask for a better setting.
A perfect valentines dinner.

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MG
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Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience started walking into and through the wonderful old building and set the scene for the evening that followed.
The ambience and decor was very relaxing and comfortable.
The staff were very friendly and were able to explain each dish on the menu.
The food was exquisite and each course provided a wonderful taste sensation.
The dining experience was relaxed with the staff both engaging, yet giving us space to enjoy our dining.
Well worth a visit - you will enjoy the whole experience from the time you walk across the bridge.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food and brilliant service plus added extras for my sons birthday dinner. Situated in a beautiful part of the Hunter.

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PR
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Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have eaten at. Food, service and atmosphere make it a must do restaurant for food lovers

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NM
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Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The gardens were beautiful :)
The food was delicious, the toothfiah and bone marrow in particular.
Our waiter jade was lovely and very accommodating.

Thanks would reccomend.

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JC
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Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing! The staff were attentive and knowledgeable. We would definitely return and would highly recommend the 7 course degustation.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and all round very good experience.

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WL
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Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing tasting menu with local wine pairings. We tried both chefs and vegetarian tasting menus and they were perfectly matched to our tastes. The wines were paired beautifully with the dishes. I came back to the winery next door and bought two bottles of the wine that was paired with our dessert. Jayde, our waitress, was so lovely and knowledgeable about the food and wines and made us feel at ease. I’m so glad I came here.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

A great steak(ribeye on bone) 2 1/2" thick tasty & tender with creamy mashed potatoes and broccolini.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

I’ve always wanted to try lunch at Circa and had the opportunity to try it on this trip to the hunter. I placed my order and advised the waitress that i had a nut allergy. She advised that she would check with the kitchen and advise if anything id chosen had nuts and report back. I was served my entree with was amazing but when being served my main course, I was advised that the dish was missing a complete element (substantial element) which contained nuts and hadn’t been substituted with anything. Had I been advised of this I would have chosen a different dish for my main. When our plates were being cleared I was asked if I’d like some mash (baffled at this timing). Very disappointing for a top restaurant that I’ve wanted to try for so long.

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EG
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Overpriced and disappointed with the menu options.
The garden grounds are beautiful but would not go back again to eat.

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TD
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fabulous Lunch we had! I couldn't recommend this beautiful restaurant any higher. I will seriously be visiting the Hunter in a few months just to go back to this restaurant- it was that good!
From the moment you walk into the restaurant you can feel the ambiance, its set in the most amazing 1800 Barn/ Shed that has been decoarated and fitted out beautifully!
The food was some of the best I've ever eaten, let alone be plated, it was just devine!
The service was outstanding and I must give Karen a mention as she was excellent to have a chat with!

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KM
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food.
Easily on par with the better restaurants of Sydney and Melbourne.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been many times and it never disappoints. The main menu changes frequently and the food always delicious so it is possible to dine there without feeling "you've seen it all before". Service is very friendly and efficient and the ambience is not spoiled by the number of diners.

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AD
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Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very surprising combination of local ingredients and international inspiration.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great dining experience with wonderful food!
Would highly recommend to anyone travelling to the Hunter Region to visit.

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C
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

2 staff were weird (a short Aussie guy and a fat lady), not very nice, no smile on the face. Other staff are lovely, food is not bad. Won’t go anymore and won’t recommend to other people.

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WM
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed a good date... romantic indeed !!!
We definitely come back

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MB
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent 7 course dinner, we loved the Morton Bay Bug and Emu dishes especially.

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ID
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent and very worthwhile, delicious menu and wonderful evening.
We have already recommended to friends and family as a must when visiting the Hunter Valley.
Thank you for a truly memorable evening

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P
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Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an experience. My mate and i had the 5 course with wine accompaniments. Pure class. Amazing from start to finish. Taste, sercice, knowledge, atmosphere. Amazing. The staff were extrmely friendly and helpful. Jade and karen went that extra mile to even write down some suggestion of wineries to visit. Thank you all and especially the chefs for a truly amazing experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great lunch with a such yummy food.

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HS
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great knowledge of the food and great recommendations

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Food underwhelming for the price. Didn't finish at least one of our dishes. Noticed the table next to us was the same. Beautiful setting but cold inside. Two of the staff were great but the third got our meals wrong and was generally unenthusiastic. Restaurant was not busy and we were a table of four so no excuse. Had to ask for our water to be replenished several times. Not an unpleasant experience but sadly generally disappointed given we were expecting a higher calibre of meal.

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HM
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely divine.

Aesthetically it’s my favourite place in the hunter valley. Likewise the restaurant and food are top quality. Honestly it’s to die for.

When you’re sat enjoying beautiful food in a beautiful location and gazing out the window, you see the chef walk into the garden and pick herbs...?! You’re in for something truly special. You just don’t get that anywhere else.

It really is a must anytime you’re in the area. Well worth it and highly recommended.

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ME
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly staff and good service. We both enjoyed the meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good dinner experience. Good testing and service. Recommend to everyone.

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AG
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant was truly amazing. The food was unique and delectable, the ambience was perfect and the service was outstanding! Worth every dollar!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall, the lunch at Circa was fabulous. Totally enjoyed the degustation. All the savoury courses not only looked stunning but had the tastebuds dancing. Setting was so beautiful. Wait staff were attentive and very pleasant. Dessert was the only slight disappointment. Flavours were quite ordinary and the combined dessert on one plate just didn’t seem to work. Such a shame that the final course was lack-lustre compared to the rest of the sumptuous dishes.

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CB
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely rustic venue with great food. We did the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings, it was fantastic! Also great service from the staff.

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