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
04/07/2019

Delightful place to visit.


barrelmakercooper, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Called in here after a recommendation from my sister in law and wasn't disappointed. There is a selection of shops and a lovely cafe where we enjoyed a sharing platter and tea in the outside seating area, which has nice chairs and tables with parasols. The walk around the lake is lovely with frequent information boards and seating. There is parking and also a church to visit.
tripadvisor
23/06/2019

Food good staff rude


12345muffin, Hexham, United Kingdom
Lovely meal normally staff really nice but today one member of staff was rude and it was a effort for her to serve us !!!
tripadvisor
22/06/2019

A good place to stop for a drink, food or to stretch the legs.


rcryall59, Borgue, United Kingdom
A collection of craft shop / workshops surrounding a café / restaurant. The crafts on show are impressive, with most featuring the craft in action. the café was clean, welcoming and good value. it was dog friendly in the outside seating area and there is a long walk around the landscaped lake (appropriately landscaped in the style of Capability Brown, who was born here).
tripadvisor
01/06/2019

Different


victorian986, Gateshead, United Kingdom
I visited Kirkharle Courtyard for the first time recently. I visited the coffee shop first with an elderly friend. It was very busy and we we did find that a lot of the tables were very close together and not very private. It took us a few attempts to find the door to the coffee shop. We weren't sure whether there would be table service or if we needed to order at the till. After 15 minutes I decided to head to the till, however then a waitress came to our table. We saw a nice quiche option on the specials board with new potatoes, however after ordering we were informed that they no longer had this quiche available. I ordered a smoked mackerel wrap with a beetroot and horseradish relish and cucumber served with salad and baked potato wedges for £7.95. There was more salad than mackerel and the mackerel contained quite a few bones sadly. My elderly friend enjoyed spanish wedges which were topped with mozzarella and mature cheddar, jalapenos, green olives and paprika salt. We both really enjoyed a drink of Breckland Orchard Posh Pop. I enjoyed rhubarb cream soda and my friend enjoyed ginger and chilli. Afterwards we enjoyed a tray bake. I had a mars bar crispie cake and my friend enjoyed a white chocolate one. I think there were too few waitresses for how busy the coffee shop was, however staff were very pleasant and very patient with my elderly friend. It was certainly a different experience from most coffee shops as afterwards we enjoyed a nice stroll to an arts and crafts shop next door, we saw an artist at work in her studio in another building, enjoyed a browse of a gallery, a jewellery artist's shop as well as a stained glass window and mirror shop. The shops are very unique. In the art gallery my elderly friend sadly took ill and needed to sit down. The lady whom worked in the gallery was lovely, ensuring my friend had water and a seat until she felt better. All of the buildings are very close together so there isn't too much walking. It was a very pleasant afternoon.
tripadvisor
31/05/2019

Could do better - a lot better.


Martin N Terri L,
Lunch time with Mum. Previously visited 2 - 3 years ago and wasn't enamoured hence some time has passed before this visit. When you take aged parents out you want every time to be a good time because you never know when they won't be with you. OK, Mum asked what the soup of the day was (courgette, pea and mint), as Mum wasn't sure about this I asked the waitress if she could try a little on a spoon or in a small container. She said she couldn't do that - a little surprised and assuming the waitress had misunderstood I asked again and explained further if a small sample was available. She reaffirmed that they couldn't do that. My mum gave the soup a try - she wished she hadn't. No reflection on quality, just a shame disappointment could easily of been avoided. The service was slow, perhaps offering to serve the drinks asap might help. Another couple seated near us walked out after not being acknowledged by the staff or having their order taken. I ordered a 'toasted sandwich' - it arrived untoasted, not a mega issue just lack of attention to detail. This wasn't a great experience and I see no reason to return.

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