Circa 1876 has taken out the title for the best fine dining restaurant in regional NSW, with the Pokolbin restaurant’s win at the prestigious Restaurants & Catering Industry Association Australia (R&CA) awards.
Executive chef Trent Barrett and his team brought home the NSW Regional Fine Dining award from the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. Circa 1876 also earned an honourable mention in the NSW Regional Restaurant Caterer category.
Executive chef Trent Barrett, whose sustainable dining philosophy fuels his menu through the restaurant’s kitchen garden, onsite bee hives, quails and chooks, praised his team.
“No one can achieve excellence without the commitment and skills of a team, and I am blessed to work with so many talented chefs and wait staff here,” he said.
“While we appreciate that our guests expect to be wowed by our meal designs, our aim is always to nourish diners with ingredients of the freshest and highest quality. This award confirms we are on the right track.’’
Located next to Peppertree Wines, Circa 1876 and The Convent boutique hotel on the same property recently joined the Escarpment Group collection of luxury properties.
Escarpment general manager Ralf Bruegger said: “There are many fantastic restaurants in Australia and the Hunter Valley has some of the best, so this is a terrific achievement and a wonderful acknowledgment of the calibre of our business and the team behind it.’’