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
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Very slow - waited around 40 mins for sandwiches/wraps. Incredibly small portions and expensive for what it was. £8 for 2 portions of potato wedges - which amounted to about 6-7 wedges on each plate. Won’t be rushing back as felt really poor value for money.
Very slow. Half a bowl of soup
Arrived for lunch and eventually someone appeared to take our order. 40 mins past between arriving and the delivery of 3 half bowls of soup and 2 half filled tea pots with no extra water. Not good value at all at £5.75 for the soup with a cheese scone.Ham and split pea soup was nothing special. Wouldn't like to see it really busy as I think you would wait forever.
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 and 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.
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 and 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.