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
Kirkharle Coffee Shop
To start this review I would like to say that I have had lunch here many times before without a problem, however today let it down in so many ways. Yes the coffee shop was busy which caused the slowness of being served and having to tell the staff we were in the ‘lower’ room, it does not excuse only HALF an order being served to both myself and friends and another couple who were sat with us. Two of us had to shout after trying to get the waitresses attention by speaking at normal volume, who did apologise and then came back with the other half of the couples order, so we reminded her again that my friend was waiting and it arrived a few minutes later. My other friend and I had finished our meal by then. The people on the next table to us actually left after paying for their drinks as their order had been ‘lost’. The one thing I did notice was the lack of Carl today I don’t know if that has any significance but I certainly won’t go back if he’s not in.
Popped in for a cuppa
Stumbled across Kirkharle enroute from Durham to Edinburgh on a cold and wet Monday morning. Received a warm welcome in the Tea room and enjoyed a lovely cuppa and freshly baked scone. Spotlessly clean with free parking and secure children's play area.
Morning coffee visit
Quick and friendly service. Excellent coffee and delicious just baked scones. Interesting outlets to look around after coffee and we also enjoyed a walk around the lake. Our first visit but not our last!
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.
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.