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“Good food, great service, charming surroundings” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Roberts Circa 1876 - CLOSED

Roberts Circa 1876
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: Australian, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Chichester, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Good food, great service, charming surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

Good quality food, well cooked and presented, pleasantly served, in delightful olde-world surroundings, and an atmosphere of calm enjoyment.We felt welcome and privileged from arrival to departure, and rated it as the highlight of an amazing trip to the Hunter Valley

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank bob w
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Matt C, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
We thank you for the review of Circa 1876. We are glad we were the highlight of your trip to the wonderful Hunter Valley. We pride ourselves on great fresh produce right from our own garden on sight and our own cattle farm only 45km's away. We hope to see you again soon.

Matt
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372 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
2 reviews
“Top Shelf”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

Great resturant with fabulous food and a wine list to match.

The building is flanked with fireplaces, sitting room and friendly staff.

Visited May 2014
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HillsideV, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thank you for your very kind review of our little piece of paradise in the Hunter Vallley.

We are pleased you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again at Circa 1876.

Matt
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1 review
“Locals recommendation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

Whilst I don’t really like Trip Advisor because they have created a generation of on-line whingers I do like to give credit where credit is due.

We would like to say how impressed we were at ‘Roberts circa 1876’ on Monday 5th May for our joint birthday and wedding anniversary dinner, we have lived in the heart of the Hunter Valley for over 9 years now and tried and tested many of the local restaurants around Pokolbin & Lovedale.

We dressed up for the occasion because that’s what we like to do when we go to a nice restaurant, but unlike past reviewers (below) we understand that not everyone wears a shirt and tie to a restaurant these days, in fact the person in jeans and t-shirt is probably the owner of the Maserati parked outside. If we were all the same it would be boring!

What impressed us the most was the front of house staff, they showed hospitality equal to that of a 5 star international luxury resort, which made us feel very special and in capable hands.

We personally found the food to be excellent and like any good recipe for success the evening had good service, presentation, beautiful surroundings, quality wines, and a sprinkle of laughter, topped with the surprise acknowledgement of our celebration from the kitchen with chocolates and sparkle to round off our day. After dinner we relaxed in the parlour near the open fire and chatted with other diners until we retired feeling very full and content.

Thank you for providing the icing on the cake.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Claire F
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HillsideV, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thank you for such a beautiful review of Roberts Circa 1876. We are please that you had such a wonderful evening celebrating the joint birthday and anniversary. The team injured their interaction with you and hope that you become regulars to our restaurant.

Best wishes for the next 12 months from the entire team at Roberts Circa 1876.

Matt
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Sydney
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

We were so excited to go to this restaurant after so many good reviews. Our seared Tuna was dry overcooked & tasteless. The duck main was bland and very disappointing. The Deserts were all very good no complaints
there. Service was average but the ambience of the restaurant was very
nice and the staff were professional.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank swervin50
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HillsideV, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
Thank you for your review of Roberts Circa 1876. We apologise that you did not enjoy your time with us. We strive to use all local ingredients and as you may have seen have our own enormous produce garden to bring you the freshest meal possible. I have passed your concerns onto our chef. I can say that the duck is one of the most popular dishes on the menu and we only ever get great comments about it.

Matt
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San Francisco, California
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268 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

A very pleasant and beautifully presented place. It stands in sharp and pleasant company to the many ersatz establishments of the region. The menu was excellent with a wide range of high quality local and regional delicacies. The wine list was first rate as were the recommendations from both the sommeliers the charm versus gravity of the other provided a balanced approach.

Visited April 2014
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Circa1876, Owner at Roberts Circa 1876, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Thank you for you very kind review or Roberts Circa 1876. We do pride ourselves on serving the freshest local produce possible and glad that you enjoyed it. As you may be aware, our very own produce garden right at the front of the restaurant gives us ample supply of organic supple for the restaurant, as well as our own cattle farm only 40kms away.

We hope to see you again soon.

Matt
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