Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard

NE19 2PE

+44 01830 540362

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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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Certificate of Excellence

Over priced, unfriendly cafe.

scamp2017, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Love the individual outlets, especially the jewelry designers. However, the cafe is over priced and unfriendly. A prime example of this is their refusal to take payment with the old pound coins way before the cease to being legal tender at midnight 15th October. When questioned on the legality of this they replied that they won't have time to deposit them with the bank in time. Absolute rubbish as bank will accept beyond 15th October. My family will not be returning to the cafe. We will visit the other outlets then the Blacksmith's at Belsay for lunch.


Alasdair-Roxburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
My new husband and I called in here for a quick cuppa and a scone on our way out to visit a local National Trust property close by. We prefer the individual run to the standard cafe at NT venues. We were delighted. A warm welcome from a cheery waiter team, great tea and coffee and delicious scones. Well priced and clean and tidy. We look forward to visiting again.

Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: How lovely to read such a positive review - thank you. Now that you have found us I hope that we will be able to welcome you back many times in the future.

Light Lunch

Kevin M, North Shields, United Kingdom
On our way to Jedburgh we planned a stop here for a light bite for lunch and were not disappointed. We had ham and tomato and ham and red onion sandwiches with a pot of tea and coffee. We found this very good and enjoyable. We did have a brief walk around but due to us being on a time scheduled we will be making a return trip as you do need time to explore

Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Thank you so much for taking the time to write - I am DELIGHTED that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back another time to explore further.

Excellent Brochure

arfhb, Richmond, United Kingdom
This place is very well marketed. We liked the Coffee House - lovely soup and nice herb sausages ( we were told that we could buy the latter in their shop, but there weren't any). As for the rest, except for Joia Glass, we found the whole place rather under-whelming!

Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Thank you for the positive comments that you have made but I am sorry you were disappointed by the whole courtyard. I would be interested to hear which day you visited on and what you feel we can improve on.


stewartmissbarbaras, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Nice coffee shop Been here a few times so it can be a bit of a hit and miss if you get a smile from the staff . Coffee and sandwich ok just average and what you would expect from a coffee sho

Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am saddened to read that the staff response can be 'hit and miss'. You should ALWAYS be greeted with a smile! - It is part of our staff policy. I will certainly draw their attention to your comment and I hope from now on-wards that will be the case. If you find our sandwiches 'average' we would love to have feedback on what we could do to make them spectacular. I wonder if you have tried one of our many specials or grazing plates?

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