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Roberts Circa 1876

64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 49984998
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Ranked #14 of 50 restaurants in Pokolbin
Price range: $0 - $50
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Description: Circa 1876 (Roberts) is one of the best loved restaurants in the Hunter Valley. It has its own huge produce garden where much of the ingredients for your meal are gathered from daily. You can even go on a garden tour with Executive Chef George Francisco. All ingredients are sourced locally and are organic. Circa 1876 is perfect for all occasions and children are welcome. Bookings advised.
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were a party of 12 celebrating Mum's 70th birthday and this was a wonderful place to do it. We had a private room with a reception room off it complete with cosy fireplace and period furnishings. Brimming with ambience, delicious meals, good wine and service, it was a dining experience we will remember for a long time. At night... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Ambience and character. Cant go wrong for a special occasion. Brilliant extensive wine list. The food was exquisite and given its stature it wasn't pretentious at all. I love this place!

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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A pleasant experience but not great. Ambiance 10/10 but everything else only 6/10. Over-priced for what you get. We would not return as there are just too many other great restaurants in the area.

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Circa1876, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of our restaurant. I am sorry that you thought that we didn't live up to your expectations. Our Executive Chef George Francisco works tirelessly to bring you the freshest possible produce than any other restaurant in the Valley, or arguably Australia. Part of this is growing our own produce right out the front of the restaurant... More

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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Booked dinner here for my fiancé 30th birthday. We a 7pm booking we arrived to the beautiful garden/cottage setting and seated straight away next to the fire place. Food was amazing and the dessert was on another level my layered crème brulee and my partners honey lavender panna cotta is a contender for the Quay restaurant' s famous snowball dessert.... More

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Circa1876, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review

We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us so much. We strive to have the freshest, best and ethically sourced ingredients to make your meal unbelievable. Our produce garden supplies so many of the fresh ingredients on your plate that it can't be fresher than being picked and gather only a couple of hours and sometimes less before... More

Jerrabomberra, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were doing a wine tasting at Pepper Tree and noticed Roberts...highly recommended so thought we would try our luck that night. Great atmosphere and the food was pleasant but from a pretty limited range of choices. Service let the night down as we were forgotten and had to ask twice for water and it was a major evolution to... More

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Circa1876, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and we apologise for the service you received the evening you spent with us. Not being a restaurant in the big smoke has its challenges and one of those is the very limited pool of trained staff. We have been training recently and I will take your feedback on board and address this situation. Executive... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

the atmosphere was lovely - great service and a beautiful warm fire. Our server was just so lovely and really chatty which we loved. great food - thank you

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6 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We spent a week trying lots of good restaurants including Botanica, Muse, Emersons and Roberts. These are all wonderful restaurants and well worth a visit. I thought Muse was the best just in front of Botanica on both atmosphere and food with Roberts third. But well worth a visit and try the wobbly panacotta!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Friends and I ate at Roberts last night, 3 1/2 hours for 3 courses. 1 1/2 hrs between entree and main course. Was this, so we brought more drinks. Food was great but so long, by the time dessert arrived I had lost interest. Glass of wine very expensive considering winery next door.

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Circa1876, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of Roberts Circa 1876. I do apologise for the service being slow and we do not think this is ever appropriate. We will take the information you have given us and use it with staff training. Regarding wine pricing, we do not own the winery next-door and price according to what they sell it... More

Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We chose Roberts for dinner because we were staying at Peppers Convent and it was a convenient walk from room to restaurant. The rustic slab construction creates a great first impression and we were warmly welcomed by the staff. Our table was right in front of the open fire and it created a lovely ambience. After a day of wine... More

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Circa1876, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of Roberts Circa 1876. We are please you enjoyed your time with us at the Convent as well as at our restaurant. Our Executive Chef George Francisco enjoys planning his menu around the fresh produce garden daily and we believe it shine though in his meals. Next time you stay with us we can... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The food was divine and brilliant service. Hard to find at night, but good signage. The waiters were so lovely! Expensive, but as i said, the food is amazing, service was brilliant and the grounds are beautiful!!

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Circa1876, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our restaurant Roberts Circa 1876. We are please you enjoyed your experience with us. Yes, we can be a little hard to find but we believe that it is worth the experience to experience the building, especially the timber slab cottage that was built in 1876. Make sure next time you have a pre... More

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