Restaurant Reviews

Circa 1876: Restaurant review


64 Halls Rd
Pokolbin, NSW


Lunch daily noon-3pm;
Dinner daily 6.30pm-10pm


2 courses $75
3 courses $95
5 courses $120


The heritage building is key to Circa's charm, and its tiny lounge is the place to sit and have dessert as you contemplate history - apple pie ice-cream with granola-style toffee crumb, say, with a Hunter Valley sticky to draw out the apple flavour. The food at Circa is diligently sourced from its kitchen garden, beehives and chicken coop, with a focus on greater Hunter Valley produce. This is showcased in entrées of local rabbit terrine, served warm with honey-glazed carrots, and crisp-skinned quail with smoked beetroot, goat's cheese and a lovely spice note of garam marsala. Beef tenderloin with cauliflower purée and king brown mushrooms has big flavour (good with a glass of Hunter shiraz) and the lamb rack comes pink, with pea purée, smoked yoghurt and kipfler-asparagus hash. The room is vast and countrified, and, come the weekend, the surrounding gardens become the site for wedding parties. A pretty picture.
(02) 4998 4998
Bookings essential
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Trent Barrett
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.