Set beside the Lake, inspired by Capability Brown’s original plan, Kirkharle Courtyard is a unique shopping experience, promising home cooked food, creativity, heritage and culture in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside - only thirty minutes north of Newcastle upon Tyne, Hexham, Morpeth and Alnwick.
Within the 18th century courtyard, you'll find work for sale from a variety of nationally-renowned crafts people who sell everything from papier mache artwork to classically inspired sculpture. There's hand-made jewellery and traditionally-constructed bespoke furniture, as well as local crafts, gifts, vintage and antiques. There's also a coffee house which offers some fantastic contemporary cuisine, often using local produce, as well as the traditional cream tea.
Kirkharle's success lies in the way it has managed to combine a modern, but unique, shopping experience with its interesting and varied past.
Kirkharle was the birthplace of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape artist once described as the Shakespeare of Gardening. Brown lived on the estate until he was 23 and you can find an exhibition about the man and his work within the courtyard.
The inspirational vision of Capability Brown has recently been brought to life. You can now enjoy his birthplace yourself by taking the pleasant walk around the lake on the fully accessible footpath.
With the recent addition of the Capability Brown play area (for children aged 2-9 years) and a series of activities for the kids - including historic games, a nature trail and a large sandpit area - there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained whilst visiting the workshops and galleries in the courtyard.
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Debra10000, Blaydon, United Kingdom
Visited with my husband on Saturday. My husband went in and explained that we would sit on a bench as there were no seats in outside sitting area and we had our dog with us. He was given a menu. We chose what we wanted and I went in to place our order. I was then told it was table service and someone would come over and serve us. We waited around 15-20 minutes and then someone came out and served two cyclists who had been sitting five minutes at most. My husband got upset as he has a stammer and felt as if he was speaking a foreign language. We decided to leave and will not go back. Terrible service and terrible staff attitude. Would have given a score of none but not given that choice.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Dear Mrs Quinn, I am so sorry you experienced such disappointing customer service during your visit to our Coffee House. Whilst I am sure this was due to an oversight on our staff, I agree that this level of service is simply unacceptable. Our staff endeavour to provide excellent customer service to all our customers at Kirkharle Coffee House and to give all our visitors a great experience, but it seems that on this occasion we failed and I simply cannot apologise enough to both you and your husband. This incident has been brought to the attention of our manager and staff who will work hard to ensure that such oversights do not occur again in the future. I do hope you will accept our apologies.
Take-away scones too!
john e, Gateshead, United Kingdom
visited with my wife for a light lunch. The staff were friendly, the service prompt and the tea and coffee hot and fresh. Cakes looked delicious - sadly we had to resist as trying to lose weight! The site seems to be thriving as there is a new "deli" - with a huge (if pricey) range of exciting foods.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your very kind review. I am so pleased you had a great experience of our Coffee House and all that our Courtyard has to offer. Our staff work very hard to provide excellent customer service to all our visitors and your comments have been passed on to our team. I do hope you will visit us again soon. Many thanks.
Lovely lunch and walk
Karen D, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Walked round the Lake and grounds really lovely . Small craft shops were varied and had some particularly nice gifts . Jewellery shop had some lovely pieces . Then we had lunch in the restaurant/coffee shop . Very nice food which was a bit different . Would recommend going !
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am delighted you enjoyed your visit to our Coffee House and Courtyard shops and galleries. I do hope you will visit us again soon. Many thanks.
singingsweetiepie, Crewe, United Kingdom
Apart from the cafe where staff were lovely and the food looked good, hardly any shops were open , three to be precise, we travelled miles too.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your meal at our Coffee House. It is unfortunate that so few of the shops and galleries were open for your visit. All galleries are let independently and we are regrettably unable to control opening times of the units, however we are working hard to resolve this to ensure uniform opening times amongst the gift and craft shops. There are some new and exciting units recently opened so I do hope you will visit us again.
A free day out!
debbie d, Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
A lovely afternoon completely free of charge. Free carpark, a walk round the shops, artists, food, jewelry, glass, patchwork, equine and a lovely coffee shop children's play area and interactive "I spy" walk around the lake. Lots of places to sit and rest. Work is still being done but it's already well worth a visit. Pick a nice sunny day and you can pick up local footpaths and make a full day. Dogs welcome on leads but not inside the coffee shop (plenty of seating out side where they can sit)
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your day out at Kirkharle Courtyard. We look forward to seeing you again soon.