Circa 1876 at The Convent - Pokolbin
Amazing food! Amazing experience! Still thinking about thos scallops! Wait staff were lovely
Food and service was beautiful, we will certainly be back. And I have already recommended to friends for a romantic dinner.
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
awesome service and meal. will definitely recommend this place :)
Great food great service nice warm fire place set out perfectly with good vibes
Food and service were superb. Such as nice surprise when Trent came to our table to say hi
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.
Food was amazing but our food took way too long
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.
Food and restaurant was excellent. Service was outstanding. Only fault was the range of wines, very limited and no mid range priced wines.
A wonderful dining experience. The food, presentation and service was outstanding
This was a beautiful place.. service and good very good
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.
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!
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.
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.
Food and the service was amazing, couldn’t fault a thing. Will definitely be back.
Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting. Would definitely recommend and come again.
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 :)
We had a wonderful dinner. Enjoyed being in such a historic building. Thank you.
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.
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!
Beautiful food but the experience was made by the service by karen👍👍👍
Amazing food. Wonderful ambience. Left with a fiancé
Absolutely amazing food and service!
Awesome atmosphere, can't wait to go back! 😁😁 service great
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Best service and food I have ever expercined in the Hunter valley and I have already reccomened to 4 of my friends.
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.
Beautiful food and wine, unassuming service. Better than any Sydney restaurant I’ve been to.
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.
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,
The best restaurant in the hunter! Food and service is exceptional.
Great place, exceptional food and service without snobbery of some other high end restaurants.