Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard is a truly unique visitor experience set in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, only thirty minutes from Newcastle upon Tyne, Hexham, Morpeth and Alnwick.
Home to a coffee house and restaurant, you can enjoy mouth-watering brunch and lunch dishes served with a range of freshly brewed teas and coffees and a wide selection of wine and beer. Passionate about good food, a variety of home-cooked daily specials often use locally-sourced ingredients…with some even grown on the Kirkharle Estate itself! Also available are a selection of homemade cakes and scones, including the famous Capability Brown cream tea, which was inspired by the most famous of British landscape gardeners.
Kirkharle was the birthplace of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape artist once described as the Shakespeare of Gardening, who lived on the estate until he was 23. The inspirational vision of Capability Brown has recently been brought to life and you can now enjoy his birthplace yourself by taking the pleasant walk around the lake on the fully accessible footpath and you can find an exhibition about the man and his work within the courtyard.
Together, 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.
Enjoy a great day out to explore the inspirational landscape, the artist and designers studios within the 18th century courtyard and take the opportunity to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal or relaxing snack in a beautiful, rural setting.
Car parking available
Credit / debit cards accepted
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 and 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?
Access statement mismatch
paperlace1, Barnsley, United Kingdom
the access statement for this venue states every effort has been made to accommodate disabled visitors. This is not my experience. There are several different surfaces most of which are almost impossible to self propel a wheelchair. several of the workshops have difficult to impossible door thresholds with no ramps to assist access. there is no lift to upper floors and many of the restaurant tables are not suitable for wheelchair users. The car park is good. At the restaurant I ordered ham with grain mustard humus wrap. the texture and flavour made it inedible it was revolting - even though it was sent back we were still charged. So i felt that the customer service lacked. Just the wrong menu choice i guess. My OH enjoyed his meal the craft stores that were open had some great gifts and i broke my budget with my purchases. Well worth a visit if you can cope with the vast number of unaddressed access issues. the drive from Berwick-upon-tweed was wonderful
Very enjoyable late lunch
Visited with family for shopping and a late lunch. Good choice of food, served in a friendly but professional way. Very relaxed - and very full - afterwards! Gardens are lovely and are still being restored - Capability Brown was born here and he is the guiding light behind the restoration.
Nice lunch, the food arrived quickly and the staff were friendly. The place itself is very nice, and has some lovely shops. Worth visiting.
Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard replied: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit. I will pass your comments on to the staff.
Visit to Craft Fair at Kirkharle Courtyard
25sue2015, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Decided today despite the rain to Kirkharke to visit the Craft Fair I saw advertised, a good turnout despite the weather, having been there before for a coffee and a look around I knew of the place with is picturesque and delightful well kept grounds. Coffee time and a visit to their nice coffee house, despite being busy the staff were quick to take our order and then bring our order to our table a lovely Cappacino, Latte and Fruit Scone and Jam. Finishing off looking at there nice craft studios I noticed they have extended there play area which looks really good, think next time we come will bring the Grandchildren.