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.
peterholmes35, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Visited on 28th December, maybe the sixth visit this year. Food and service is always lovely. We have took several friends and family this year, every one has enjoyed the experience. The broccoli and Stilton soup was devine, words cannot describe how much I enjoyed the malteaser are white chocolate cheesecake. We always enjoy a walk round the lake after eating, there were two swans looking majestic. The shops have some nice little gifts.
bekoubetts, Newcastle upon Tyne
Glorious crisp cold winter's day: the beauty of Northumberland never fails to impress me. Drove the 20 or so miles from NCL especially (I heard there was a Krampus exhibition on locally) and on recommendation, popped in. My mam ordered a pot of tea and a cheese toastie and I ordered an Americano and cheese and ham toastie. Drinks were good and the toasties were quite the delight. Good VFM. I think it's a cracking little gaff. I was mistaken about the Krampus exhibition but don't let that put you off.
Lunch time visit
Superb food and service a real treat we were very impressed don't expect to rush in and out as everything is freshly prepared give yourself time to savour the experience well worth a visit
Cosy & welcoming
Had a very pleasant, leisurely, light lunch here with friends. I had ham terrine which was good though there was a fair amount of fat around the meat. The salad dressing was tasty. The dessert was large and very filling- a coconut and lime cheesecake. Service was friendly and accommodating.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am pleased you enjoyed your meal and do hope you will visit us again.
Good food and drinks
Gillian T, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Visited over half term week. The coffee shop was busy but we found a table and the food was good. Ordered a sandwich and soup, good sized portions and tasty. An additional room was available, walked through this to access toilets. This additional room was dark and colder, so pleased we didn't sit in there. Staff were clearly rushed off their feet, this showed in their faces as they looked harassed - a difficult one, but not the most welcoming of expressions.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. It sounds as though you arrived during one of our particularly busy periods which we cannot always predict. I am so pleased you enjoyed your meal at our restaurant and hope to see you again.