Circa 1876 at The Convent - Pokolbin

4.7
236 reviews
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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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KM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing experience! Still thinking about thos scallops! Wait staff were lovely

TA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was beautiful, we will certainly be back. And I have already recommended to friends for a romantic dinner.

AS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt my favourite dining experience ive ever had. Couldnt fault a single bit of the night. Everything was 10/10!

GC
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special spot to dine. We both loved the building's character and enjoyed quality wine and impressive food.
Staff were great and helped to guide us through the menu.
The biggest hit in the Hunter Valley

n
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome service and meal. will definitely recommend this place :)

AS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service nice warm fire place set out perfectly with good vibes

MW
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were superb. Such as nice surprise when Trent came to our table to say hi

AS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The setting and the character of the old building transitioning to the new but ‘ old ‘ dining hall was charming. Tables were spaced well so we didn’t feel like our conversation was being heard but others. Fantastic wine and menu choices, with the food amazing. Next time I’m in the Hunter region i’ll be back.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was amazing but our food took way too long

LH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have now been to Circa a few times. We love going on a Sunday night as it is more relaxing and a great finish to a hectic weekend. The food is fantastic and the staff are wonderful. Will recommend it to all my friends when visiting the Hunter Valley. Thank you again for a great night. The ambience is perfect.

LA
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and restaurant was excellent. Service was outstanding. Only fault was the range of wines, very limited and no mid range priced wines.

LC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience. The food, presentation and service was outstanding

AB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a beautiful place.. service and good very good

TW
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised my wife with a trip to the vineyards and dinner at this fantastic restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing and the restaurant itself is just amazing. The staff were excellent and very attentive. Looking forward to going back again.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend dining at Circa 1876. The food was amazing, the service was personable and knowledgeable (thank you Hannah) and the overall experience was truly memorable.

Can't wait to go again!

s
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We arrived at 6:30pm for dinner with our 2.5 year old daughter and ordered the rib eye to share. We were told it would take 45-50 min. 1 hour and 10 min later they brought out the steak for us to look at before they cut it. We waited another 20 min for the steak to be cut. The steak arrived cold and dry and over done. The sides then took another 10 min to come out. We told 2 waitresses that the steak was inedible and sent it back.
Nobody asked us if we wanted anything else or to even apologise or acknowledge what had happened.
We left the restaurant 2 hours later without having had dinner and with a cranky toddler.
We then ordered pizza from Gourmet Pizza Cessnock and it was FANTASTIC!
But.... not exactly how we thought our special night out would be.
So disappointed with the food and especially the service.
Next time we will go back to Muse and Exp Restaurant which we’re both amazing.

SP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant environment to have a meal and the service was terrific, especially in that the staff knew when to engage with the table. The food was well presented and more importantly delicious to eat. The best meal we have had in the Hunter region.

LG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and the service was amazing, couldn’t fault a thing. Will definitely be back.

S
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
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 :)

JJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

P
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
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.

AH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a gorgeous dinner at this stunning restaurant recently and enjoyed every delicious moment. The food was beautiful, the staff were knowledgable and friendly. We can't wait to go back!

C
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Wonderful ambience. Left with a fiancé

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and service!

AC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

UC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 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.

CH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 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.

TH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 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

MJ
1 review
Dined on June 21, 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.

K
1 review
Dined on June 16, 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.

CO
1 review
Dined on June 15, 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

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 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.

AD
1 review
Dined on June 14, 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 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.

N
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 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.

RM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 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,

P
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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