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
Heading from Cumbria to Alnwick
davidharrys, Kendal, United Kingdom
We have not stopped here before and were not disappointed. It was about lunch time and we both had sandwiches, one ham and pease pudding and the other bacon and sausage. Both were excellent. The service was friendly and the whole place was clean and tidy. Nice toilets. We’ll definitely stop again on one of our frequent visits to Northumbria.
blackcat71975, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Visited the courtyard cafe with family over bank holiday. Two of us had the sandwich with salad and crisps which was very well presented and substantial. Sorry to say the fajitas the other two had were not.
the kind of place to stop off at
mcwDurham, Durham, United Kingdom
Craft shops and a cafe. Capability Brown came from here. There is a church but we didn't visit it this time round.
Discovered a gem .....
sally-copps49, Newcastle, United Kingdom
We were out for a drive , I have never been to Kirkharle before ; what a treat some beautiful art shops and interesting purchases. Then a light lunch at the courtyard . Very comfy , warm and inviting . We both had wraps that were very tasty and with salad and crisps made a hearty lunch ...... the drinks were really posh as well ......... the food disappeared too quickly to photograph !!!!! Oh , and lovely toilets with wooden handles .... will be back in summer , but the views were beautiful in the mist ...
Bucket list place to visit
Sadly we visited on a cold wet day Easter Saturday 31st March. We went straight to the warm coffee shop with it's wood burning stoves. Homemade food and locally sourced. Friendly staff. We had Cheese scones and coffee. Would come back for a meal. Sadly some of the craft workshops were closed but those we went into we were given a warm welcome and some great crafts on offer. Sadly we were wet and cold so we did not visit the lakeside - but will return. A great find for Capability fans.