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Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley

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414 Reviews
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Taste of Christmas at Circa 1876

Dine in

A$199.00 per order

Dec 23-26, 2020·Wed-Thu 5:30PM-9:00PM, Sat 5:30PM-9:00PM

Indulge in a feast of senses in the lead up to Christmas with a seasonally inspired special 5 course menu. Surrounded by the picturesque setting of our stunningly decorated and award winning Circa 1876 restaurant. Adults $199 includes glass of sparkling, tea & coffee Teen $179 and Children $79. This is a ticketed event. Our team will contact you for full payment. Your booking is not confirmed until fully paid and ticketed.

Christmas at Circa 1876

Dine in

A$249.00 per order

Dec 25, 2020 only·Fri 11:00AM-6:00PM

Enjoy an exquisite 5 course Christmas lunch in the historic & award winning CIRCA 1876 Restaurant. Indulge in a sumptuous Christmas feast using the freshest local ingredients complete with the traditional Christmas decorations and bon bons! Adults $249 including glass of sparkling, tea & coffee Teen $179 and Children $79. This is a ticketed event. Our team will contact you for full payment. Your booking is not confirmed until paid and ticketed.

Circa 1876 Group Booking

Dine in

A$28.50 per order

Prepaid

Starting Oct 21, 2020·Sun 11:00AM-9:00PM, Wed-Sat 11:00AM-9:00PM

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

What 414 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. Every dish we had was delicious and beautifully presented and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked Circa 1876 to celebrate my sister in laws birthday . We were not disappointed, from the service, to the food it was all perfect. Would definitely recommend

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FrancoM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the old style look, good food and great service. Good place3😍

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Lemar
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. My fiance and I were given complimentary dishes for our special day. Highly recommend the restaurant.

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MichaelH
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just magnificent!! A lovely cosy location with wonderful and attentive service. We had dinner at Circa for my wife's birthday and could not have been happier with the dishes we ordered. A good range of wines is to be expected in the Hunter and Circa did not disappoint.
We would certainly recommend this restaurant.

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MargaretD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ATM it is a 3 course set menu. Each course had plenty of variety and choices, with some lovely extras included. Each course was beautifully presented and tasted divine. Staff were all very knowledgeable and pleasant. Worth every cent. A very special meal in a lovely setting.

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Wassa
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was our third visit and is always of a high standard.

My only issue was weekend lunch being a 3 course menu only which meant I had to change other plans at the time as I was not aware of this.

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Kik0
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I definitely recommend it and will come back soon.

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SueC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience. Exotic and fresh selections prepared to perfection!

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Great atmosphere and the staff were great

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KevinR
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Can not say enough about this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding! Visiting here has been a highlight of our trip to the Hunter and will definitely recommend to our friends and family. Could not fault if we tried!

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AnthonyB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food and atmosphere, excellent staff

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VeeRod
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual amazing food and an top notch service! Cocktail menu is divine.

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RosanneE
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit!
The food, wine and service didn’t disappoint. Will definitely return.

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MitchO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and location. Loved it! Should definitely be on your list for your Hunter Valley getaway.

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KATHD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. Such a lovely experience. Great food, service and location.

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OrlaighH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at circa 1876 was exceptional. The staff were welcoming and friendly and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back and will highly recommend to friends.

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SEGT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, especially the entrees of soft shell crab and the zucchini flowers. Staff were knowledgeable, polite and attentive. Highly recommend dinner at Circa 1876.

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CNau
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Would very much recommend.

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Jason
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite place in the Hunter Valley! Always great service, food and we love the environment. We had a lovely birthday celebration and the staff take great care of us to make sure we have a wonderful experience.

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SusannaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wedding anniversary. A very special place to go to to celebrate an important occasion like this.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch in a gorgeous setting

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DianaH
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were warmly welcomed and taken straight to our table. Tables were arranged with good spaces between.
Orders were taken promptly but with out us feeling rushed.

There was a very pleasant view of the garden from our table and an amuse bouche provided before our meals arrived .

Each course was beautifully plated and we all thoroughly enjoyed out 3 course meal
Waiters were knowledgeable and courteous .
A delightful meal altogether .

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Laurenm
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Having arrived at 12.45pm for an anniversary lunch, in my booking asked for a nice table it was standard. The thing that disappointed us the most was having a 3 course limited set menu and being sold out of items on the entree list when I saw guest eating entree meals as their mains. I asked for the zucchini flowers as entree and were told they were sold out when the lady at the next table was eating them as her main, I asked for a 2 course set menu being pregnant left my choice to the crab and tofu dishes which I did not like, my waiters said no I would have to pay 3 courses anyway. The only thing they could do was offer both my husband and I the risotto in entree size which sat on our table uneaten.

Do not offer set menu only at a set price if you sell out of the item at the start of lunch service. We will not be returning to your restaurant when other restaurants provide exceptional food but more importantly exceptional service

Lauren Cunningham

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NicholasS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and staff were brilliant. Beautiful setting and location. The room is a little dark and the window and door opening are small making it hard to look out at the garden areas outside, however this is likely due to heritage issues with the building. An outdoor eating area would be a great improvement for lunch. The room is far more suited to dinner and has a beautiful old world charm to it.

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VictorH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Have loved going to Circa since 2003 when I proposed to my wife. This restaurant is special for us.

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Anat
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nothing short of amazing. The little treats in between the meals added a nice touch. The desserts were also on another level! Always love coming here for a beautiful fine dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great food and friendly service

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience and were delightfully surprised with each dish.

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Karl
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Circa' hosted a stunning lunch in a great setting, and will be recommended to friends

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NatashaM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, all the ingredients were so fresh and you could see the love that was put into the dishes. Definitely will be back :)

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Jimmy
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful venue and overall the food is very good - only complaint was all our steaks were overdone, disappointing given the price and the $30 surcharge for steak on the set menu.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. Food so flavourful & great pairing suggestions. Helpful and friendly service.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the most amazing lunch! The menu was creative and interesting, all four of us decided to try something we hadn't tried before and we weren't disappointed. Every plate of food was beautiful to look at and delightful to eat. We savored every mouthful, it was just perfect. Beautiful setting, great service, would highly recommend.

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Elena
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and location, attentive staff, great selection of wines

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GBoris
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Not as good as it used to be entree’s weren’t great mains were nice nothing to rave about (for the price) bright lighting didn’t make it particularly relaxing.. felt like waiters were reading from a script.

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RyanW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I have ever had. From top to bottom this was an amazing experience. Thanks team.

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ChristinaP
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and overall lovely experience.

FAQs

Circa 1876 at The Convent Hunter Valley is rated 4.7 stars by 414 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 reservations at the moment.