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64 Halls Road,
Pokolbin NSW

Licensed Restaurants in Stylish Surrounds
Modern Australian

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Circa 1876 Overview

An iconic destination restaurant in Pokolbin, Circa 1876 captures the wonder and essence of the Hunter Valley. Housed within Peppers Convent and surrounded by lush greenery, this popular establishment is complemented by a spectacular 1.5 acre organic kitchen garden and a cosy modern fit-out, to provide an idyllic backdrop for diners to enjoy a paddock-to-plate philosophy, showcased in two, three, five and seven-course menus. With a custom made miniature beehive alongside a team curing their own bacon and baking bread, Executive Chef Trent Barrett focuses on timeless ingredients with dishes that showcase diverse flavour profiles, as seen in such choices as cherry glazed duck breast, caramelised celeriac, foie gras, baby leeks, raspberries, madeira glaze, balsamic cherries and port jus.

A few words from Circa 1876

Dine under the whimsical luxury of classical chandeliers in the grounds of our Hatted Restaurant and one of Australia's most picturesque hinterlands.

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. Or you can experience the eclectic charm of the Champagne Lounge, with its open fire.

Under Trent's direction, the restaurant has now moved away from a la carte and instead created two-course, three-course, five-course and seven course chef's tasting menu options. Highlight dishes include Crispy Skin Jumbo Quail (Smoked Beetroots, Goats Cheese, Beetroot Puree, Garam Masala, Beetroot Chips, Fresh Garden Greens); Curry Myrtle Smoked Emu Fillet (Peach Gastrique, Macadamia Paste, Asparagus, Warragul Greens, Caramelised Peach Potato Tuile); Jacks Creek Beef Tenderloin Or Jacks Creek Wagyu 9+MBS Striploin (Cauliflower Puree, King Brown Mushrooms, Foie Gras, Summer Beans, Port Jus); and a Chai Panna Cotta (Chai Panna Cotta, Dehydrated Pumpkin, Cardamom Jelly, Pumpkin & Cinnamon Puree, Pecan, Pistachio & Almond Crumb.

Reservations are recommended. You can book online or reservations will be happy to arrange it for you.

Opening Hours;
Open 5 days a week (Friday - Tuesday)
Lunch: 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm to 9.00pm

Restaurant Bookings;
As Circa 1876 is one of Hunter Valley's most popular fine dining restaurants, bookings are essential. Please book online or call +61 2 4998 4999 to make your booking today.


Best Known For

Crispy Skin Jumbo Quail: Smoked Beetroots, Goats Cheese, Beetroot Puree, Garam Masala, Beetroot Chips, Fresh Garden Greens Jacks Creek Beef Tenderloin Or Jacks Creek Wagyu 9+MBS Striploin: Cauliflower Puree, King Brown Mushrooms, Foie Gras, Summer Beans, Port Jus

Circa 1876 Functions

Caters for up to 150 Guests
  Wedding, Conference, Corporate Function, Product Launch, Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Engagement Party, Hens & Bucks Night, Charity Event
  Finger Food, Canapes, Buffets, Set Menu, Banquets, Degustation
A short stroll down from it's sister property The Convent Hunter Valley's tree-lined driveway is Circa 1876. It is located in an historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate and showcases a collection of great Hunter Valley award-winning wines. Nestled amongst picturesque vineyards and filled with limitless whimsical charm and eclectic antiques,the original cottage dates back to 1876. French doors open onto the verandah and the enchanting mop top aisle garden. Experience the eclectic charm of the Circa's design and feast on a delicate Modern Australian menu supplied by it's own onsite organic kitchen garden.

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Opening Hours

Mon12:00 - 15:30
Mon17:30 - 21:30
Tues12:00 - 15:30
Tues17:30 - 21:30
Fri12:00 - 15:30
Fri17:30 - 21:30
Sat12:00 - 15:30
Sat17:30 - 21:30
Sun12:00 - 15:30
Sun17:30 - 21:30

Features & Facilities

Seats: 150

  • Bush Views
  • Customer Carpark
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Fully Licensed
  • Private Dining
  • Functions
  • Alfresco Dining
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Disabled Access
  • Degustation Menu
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Bar
  • Wireless Internet
  • Child Friendly
  • Romantic
  • Organic Options
  • Vegan Options
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Payments Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Diners Club
  • American Express
  • EftPos
  • JCB

Other Awards & Media

  • Circa 1876 Wins Best Regional Restaurant

    Circa 1876 in the Hunter Valley has added two further gongs to its cache after being crowned 2018 NSW Regional Restaurant of the Year and Regional Contemporary Australian Restaurant (formal) at the prestigious Restaurants & Catering Industry Association Australia (R&CIAA) awards on Monday [September 17].

    Circa 1876 Wins Best Regional Restaurant