Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard


Kirkharle
Northumberland
NE19 2PE

+44 01830 540362

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Overview

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
tripadvisor
16/09/2018

Sadly disappointing


manstep99, SCOTTISH BORDERS
My friend and I ate here yesterday whilst attending a workshop. We found a table, it needed a wipe, it wasn't wiped. We both ordered Moroccan carrot wraps which arrived quite quickly, and these were lovely, however I was rather perturbed to find a large piece of gravel/soil under the salad leaves, and after a further investigate a small pebble. I took my plate back to the staff and pointed this out and in all fairness I wasn't charged for my lunch. Obviously the salad leaves hadn't been checked/washed as carefully as they should have been and I am realistic enough to know that this can happen. However some of the staff seemed quite young and inexperienced so maybe a little extra training could be in order.
tripadvisor
15/09/2018

Really well hidden gem


Ian M, Guildford, United Kingdom
On a trip to Hadrian's Wall we stumbled across the Kirkharle Courtyard which is a really well hidden gem being pretty much in the middle of nowhere.As it was close to 11:00, we opted for a light snack to accompany our coffee. My wife's scone, cream and jam was a delight but the cheese scone which I ordered was the best I have ever had, so much so that I took 2 away with me. The service was also first class. Apart from the coffee shop the Courtyard has many intersting outlets and the garden is a delight. Highly recommended.
tripadvisor
15/09/2018

Poor


jeep5860, Hexham, United Kingdom
Visited here with our grandson, nice walk around the lake, then went for lunch. Where we found that they did not have a children's menu & the "farm shop" didn't even have a child's ice cream Very poor! I doubt we will ever be back here.
tripadvisor
11/09/2018

Lunch - cottage pie and veg.


sugarsands2015, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Very slow service. Food average. Staff friendly but inexpert. Not dog friendly so had to eat outside - no problem - except that the meal was so slow in arriving that a pleasant sunny day had turned to rain. Why does it take 40 minutes to serve a simple warm-up dish? We ate a cold meal in the rain accompanied by a pot of cold tea.
tripadvisor
08/09/2018

Our new stop off point as we drive south


NLJS, Selkirk, United Kingdom
Second visit in the last week. My third ever visit. Nice atmosphere. Friendly helpful staff. Good food. Good value for money. Not much else I can say, really. You need to go. I include a picture of our lunch, with accompanying before and after dessert images!

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