Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard

Kirkharle Courtyard
NE19 2PE

01830 540362

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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.

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Friendly Staff

Couple10, guisborough
We were the first customers of the day at 10 am, stopping for coffee while travelling. The coffee was good as were the little mini tray bakes. The lady who served us was very friendly.

Charming and friendly

Persemillion, London, United Kingdom
Popped in for a cuppa on way south, purely as it was signposted and we knew nothing about it but what a nice surprise. Friendly and very attentive staff, lovely location, good tea and superb home made cakes. Nice atmosphere and reasonably priced. And if you have time and it's not chucking it down, they try wandering round the grounds and reading up on Capability Brown. Lucky break for us.

lovely walk around capability browns lake & gardens

steC9570XA, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
lovely place for a walk & a coffee, listening to the flowing water, watching the wildlife, and taking in the scenery

Very nice

ian_redshaw, North Shields, United Kingdom
This is a really nice cafe with an excellent choice of food and drink well worth a visit if you are in the area

Poor quality food

Stopped in for a family lunch while visiting the area. Thought this would be a lovely place to stop. It has great potential and the service was good. However they managed to make the soup unbelievably tasteless, the satay chicken wrap ridiculously spicy hot and seemed to forget the chicken and the BBQ chicken just very dry. This could all have been forgiven until you looked at the price. Just not a good experience. Poor cooking at a relatively high price.

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