AUSTRALIAN GOOD FOOD GUIDE - Home of the Chef Hat Awards

Best Known For

Wagyu striploin with carrot and confit garlic puree, charred pencil leek, asparagus, heirloom carrot and Port jus.

About Circa 1876

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.

read more

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 Smoked Marrow Bone (Salt Cured Yolk, Mushroom Marmalade, Baby Leek, Bacon & Chive Crumb); Glacier 51 Toothfish (Miso Butter, Japanese Eggplant, Bok Choy, Pickled Daikon, Garlic Stems, Sesame) Jacks Creek Beef Tenderloin Or Jacks Creek Wagyu 9+MBS Striploin; and Cherry & Chocolate (Mirror Glazed Dark Chocolate Cake, Pistachio, Cherry, Truffle Tuile, Cream).

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

Opening Hours;
Open Friday to Tuesday (Closed Wed & Thu)
Lunch: 12.00pm - 2.30pm (Lunch closed Mon & Tue)
Dinner: 5.30pm - 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.

Location & Map

64 Halls Road, Pokolbin 2320 NSW - See Map

Media & Awards

  • Circa 1876 Wins Best Regional Restaurant

Opening Hours

Mon  Closed
Tue  Closed
Wed  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Thu  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Fri  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Sat  12:00:PM - 2:30:PM
Sat  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Sun  12:00:PM - 2:30:PM

Groups & Functions

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.

  • Up to 150 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Charity Event
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Conference
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Engagement Party
  • Hens & Bucks Night
  • Product Launch
  • Wedding
  • Banquets
  • Buffets
  • Canapes
  • Degustation
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

Leave a Review

Member Reviews (1)