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
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 !
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 and 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 and 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.
Soona73, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Craft shops mostly closed and the sandwich bread appeared to be a day old. Such a shame as it's a lovely little coffee shop and the staff are pleasant. Would it stop me from returning?... Probably not, but at 6 quid, I wouldn't order a sandwich again.
Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am disappointed to hear your meal at the Coffee House was not perfect. Our staff work very hard to ensure excellent quality and if you had pointed this out to the staff they would have been happy to have replaced your sandwich. It is unfortunate that 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 wonderful cafe and various shops.
Kirkharle is the birth place of Lancelot "Capability" Brown in the windswept land just north of Belsay. There is a superb cafe with wonderful baking, great coffee and a very interesting menu of snacks from breakfast onwards. Be adventurous, they do bring in other styles of cooking - Spanish, Mexican. But there is of course corned beef pie so don't worry about it being too worldwide inits cuisine. Excellent food. And in the courtyard you will find some craft shops, a neat little food shop with Donnington cheeses (excellent) and a small but interesting deli choice. And you will see plenty of information about Capability Brown. I recommend it greatly.
Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am delighted you enjoyed your day at the Courtyard. The Coffee House works hard to keep the menu updated with new and exciting dishes and I am pleased you enjoyed your meal and the Courtyard experience.