Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

4.6
491 reviews
$41 to $100
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.

Experiences

  • Circa 1876 Group Booking

    A$28.50 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Bookings of 6 or more people will require a non-refundable deposit of 30%. This will be processed on the credit card supplied at the time of booking. The initial non-refundable deposit is forfeit for cancellations at any time up to and including 7 days prior to your reservation. Any cancellation within 7 days, will attract the full Cancellation Charge of $95pp. For any changes please contact us reservations@convent.com.au
  • Valentine's Day at Circa 1876

    A$135.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 13 - Feb 14, 2021

    Let your taste buds escape this Valentine's with a 4 course special menu inspired by romance and luxury. The team at Circa 1876 will be ready to spoil you and your Valentine with our special menu available Saturday and Sunday! 4 course meal includes glass of sparkling on arrival!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 491 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! The food is to die for and the daily ‘treats’ are always a surprise. We usually come twice every weekend we are there. Highly recommended!

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DarrenT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dined at Darleys, Echoes and now 1876 in the last week, this was the best meal/ dining experience we have ever had! Absolute compliments to all staff. Darren and Janelle.

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Allyssah
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the Convent, great service and delicious food. Will definitely return again.

KB
KenB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We hadn't dined at Circa for a couple of years, but our recent visit was very pleasant.
Whilst the food was very nice, the choice was a bit limited in each course.
Staff were generally very pleasant and professional.

ML
MareeL
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I don’t think it stands up to the reputation it holds

RK
RichardK
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always this place delivers. The whole family had a great time. It’s the highlight of our visits to the Hunter.
Thanks

NL
NatashaL
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really pleasant night; the food and service were highly commendable.

NP
NatashaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The food was amazing, every bite was heavenly delicious. My partner and I even said it’s the best meal we have tasted. The atmosphere and outdoor environment made it even more special. Highly recommend!

RH
RiekoH
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the food and atmosphere and service.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

This used to be one of my favourite restaurants in NSW, but the chefs have changed and the food is not of the same high standard of presentation or taste.
This is the second time since the change that we have experienced a massive change in the food, so it wasn’t just a bad day.
Our steak was tough and undercooked. One of our table had a food allergy to canola oil which they had alerted to the kitchen at the time of booking. In every course canola oil was used so they took the lazy decision to give other diners at the table the same restrictive menu, with elements missing rather than just prepare food for the one person without the use of canola. They use this cheap oil in pretty much all their dishes including their deserts.
Despite Covid, they have actually increased the number of tables in the restaurant, so rather than an intimate space it is now like a school dining room. This has clearly negatively affected the delivery of a fine dining experience they used to reliably deliver.
Sadly I would no longer recommend this restaurant to others, the food isn’t up to standard whilst the prices have remained the same.

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VeenaS
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was fantastic.
Our waiter was Jen and she is amazing.
The portion sizes are big.

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Talent
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Staff were more focused on setting up tables for next event or sitting eg my food didnt come with cutlery! No one asked how we were going with the food or if we needed anything . Service was very poor and it was not an enjoyable experience . The food was good though.

LT
LisaT
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We shared a beautiful meal to celebrate our 30th anniversary. However, we were left standing at the entrance to the restaurant for approximately 5 minutes upon our arrival, whilst 5 staff walked past without acknowledging our presence. Eventually. we were shown to our seat.
We have recommended the restaurant to our friends and will continue to do so, however the importance of a friendly 'meet and greet' by the staff cannot go unmentioned.

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, atmosphere & service - can’t wait to revisit...Highlight of our trip to The Hunter!

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Baron
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

the best restaurant in the hunter valley. fine dining yet rustic food matched with great wine.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, so impressed by the menu and quality. Servers very happy to discuss wine list also

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VeronicaP
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, incredible service and beautiful grounds to see

RT
ReneeT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was incredible. The atmosphere the food the furniture.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience, delicious food and friendly service - we very much enjoyed our visit to Circa 1876.

YP
YanniP
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food is not valuable , the pork belly is very dry. Service and ambiance are excellent.

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VickiJ
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Due to health reasons and with six weeks notice I was refused a refund of $ 398.00 for 2 guests.
I found this totally unacceptable and will never dine there again or recommend this restaurant to family and friends in the Hunter.

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NPit
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Christmas Lunch. Food and service was fantastic. Will return.

DK
DengKaiLong
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is actually a very competitive price considering the level of care and the attention to detail the chefs put into the food.

I winged this booking hoping it wasn't a pretentious tourist trap and I'm glad I did. Who cares about anything else, the food itself was a wonderful and memorable experience. Good luck getting a booking though

MT
MicheleT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved all of our courses. The meal sizes were very generous. Wait staff were helpful and professional. Our only complaint was when the aircon was turned on, it was too cold, though as soon as we mentioned the problem, they turned it off. We’d definitely recommend Circa 1876 and will go back again.

ML
MaryLou
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This restaurant, created by Robert and Sally Molines, used to be spectacular with a wonderful casual classy country feel. Now if feels like a Sydney restaurant on an industrial scale. Too many tables, very little local wines. This is situated in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region and you really wouldn't know. Wonderful Australian country architecture and gardens that feels like it's been appropriated by a multinational.

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YSKS
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was creative and excellent. Service was attentive and efficient, too. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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FrankM
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was magnificent, also the strawberrys and cream dessert was a winner,, and the homemade sourdough and butter at the start is simply perfect

TW
TomW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavour combination of all dishes was excellent. Service was informed, pleasant and timely.

HC
HannahC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding, we will certainly be returning

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as usual was perfection.....our waiter Jason was very knowledgeable about the wine list and had a wonderful demeanour.

CT
CatherineT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I strongly believe one of my dish, the oil they use to cook is not fresh

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Margaret4
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food highly recommend book ahead

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TomS
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a gorgeous 3 course dinner with the family. Beautiful venue, friendly service, quality ingredients and delicious food. Highly recommend!

BD
BrandonD
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little bit warm in the restaurant and a tad dark. Some other customers were a little rowdy but overall it was amazing.

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Eatmywaythroughlife
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love our waiter, staff was so so but only 1 has shown us his personality and we loved him. Keep us the great work. Salted caramel butter was sensational.
The duck parfait was lovely but everything else on that plate was abit confusing like I didn’t understand the nuts and the crisp bread. It would just be nice with some sourdough. But the potato puree was absolutely amazing!!!!! Please order that and also the steak was cooked to perfection

CL
CocoL
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have an amazing experience with them, every course was cooked to perfection. Lovely staff and good music etc.

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NatalieB
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Beautifully presented and tasted just as beautiful, cannot fault this restaurant. Can’t wait to go back!

DC
DaveC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, complex flavours, lovely extra touches, understated service.

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GarryH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best 3 course meal I've had in a long time. Hatted restaurant quality!

CB
CherylB
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed at the Convent. Delightful walk to Circa 1876. Food amazing! Service wonderful! Golf buggy ride back.

FAQs

Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley is rated 4.6 stars by 491 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.