Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

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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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KC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular, service excellent and attentive. Thoroughly enjoyed the chefs tasting menu in a beautiful setting.

Y
1 review
Dined on December 7, 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 December 7, 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 December 1, 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 November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

v
1 review
Dined on November 19, 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 November 18, 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 November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 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 November 10, 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 November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AL
1 review
Dined on November 8, 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 November 5, 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 November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Just a great experience

y
1 review
Dined on November 4, 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 October 15, 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 October 13, 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
1 review
Dined on October 13, 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 October 7, 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.

JC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We had a three course meal for lunch. Everything exceeded expectations. Setting was great for special occasions and service was impeccable.

RL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our lunch was perfect. The restaurant is spacious with lovely views of vineyards, veggie gardens and rustic buildings. The waitstaff are friendly, helpful and do well to explain the intricacies of the menu. We enjoyed the delights of the 5 course tasting menu and vegetarian tasting menu. All dishes were well executed and imaginative. I will dream of the beetroot truffle risotto for years to come. Great wines too. This was a perfect start to our weekend in the Hunter. Thank you!

M
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fanatic service from the team there along with some amazing wine choices.

They made our anniversary that much more special.

MB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved another dining experience at Circa 1876! The food is delicious, and it is really difficult to decide what to try this time...you just have to come back and try other meals next time. The staff are unobtrusive but very friendly, making you feel valued even when they have a full house. We had chosen this wonderful venue for our daughter's wedding last November, one of the best decisions of our lives. It holds an important place in our hearts, and we hope to return regularly. Thank you so much, everyone at Circa!

DW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Just wow. Been fortunate to visit some wonderful restaurants around the world, and this one is right up there.

RF
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, personalised service and attention to details. Special shout to lovely Jayde for making us feel at home. Excellent location, decor, and overall enrichment was mystically beautiful.

JV
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food, wine was amazing, staff are extremely friendly. Highly recommended, can’t wait to come back for lunch.!

GH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made to feel very special asked if we were celebrating and as we were there for a birthday they provided a special plate with macaroons
The service was impeccable and the was delicious

TR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location and knowledgeable staff

k
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful Place and great experience, Chef was helpful to assist with dietary requirements that made it a memorable meal and to celebrate our anniversay.

SC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb food and service. Beautiful location and wonderful ambiance. This place really is head and shoulders above most of the competition. Karen and Brent's service was impeccable and each dish was a work of art.

IC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb food and wine. My partner and I had the tasting menu and could not fault a dish. The service was absolutely excellent, our waiter was extremely attentive and made sure we were well taken care of. Would absolutely return on our next trip to the hunter valley!

SA
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food portions were generous especially dessert! The pork belly was sensational! melted in my mouth with a snap. Karen was the embodiment of the country vibe, very informative about the local produce, as well as genuine and down to earth.
The menu and the 2 or 3 course arrangements could have been explained at the table as it was a little confusing and we were reluctant to ask for clarification.
All in all a delightful hidden country gem we loved it. We will be back.

E
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon arrival, we felt like we were part of the restaurant. everyone was friendly/welcoming, informative and understanding. Food was fantastic, we had the 7-course tasting menu and our daughter had some items from the menu which she thoroughly enjoyed. The 7-course menu/food was amazing, with simplicity infused with various herbs/flavours that were absolutely enjoyable.

T
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, staff were knowledgable and attentive, wine was paired perfectly with the food even though they altered the pairings as one of us can’t drink red 10/10 would recommend and come again

TS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Friendly, professional and knowledgeable staff. A definite must if you are in the area.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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