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
If you want cold coffee....
Paul T, Gateshead
Sadly the coffee shop, although in a great location is drastically slacking in customer attention. We arrived on a Saturday when there was a unexpected Summer Fayre. our plan was to have a coffee and cake before walking round the lake and looking round the stalls (whick was unexpected) However after arriving at 15:40 it took staff 27 minutes to take our order. We even reminded them of our presence. When Staff finally arrived they took someones elses order who had arrived after us first. When our coffee and finally arrived it was a full 50 minutes after arriving. The drinks arrived first and five minutes later the cakes. The drinks were 'lukewarm' and must have been standing for a while.. perhaps forgottent? Finally after we had finished we took a walk around the lake, arriving back to the courtyard to find that the Fayre stalls had all closed up and left for the day. So we lost out on the Fayre stalls. Although we wern't expecting them there as a result of the slow service we ended up not seeing any of them, and they lost potential business. You cant run a successful business that way. look at Starbuks, Costa etc, they can serve a coffee in less than two minutes. Oh, and whilst im on a rant, the last time we were there with a baby (feeding the baby with our own food) we were told in a matter of fact way by a member of staff that we could not bring our own baby food in - its a damn good job our baby doesnt have a nut allergy!.
Nice coffee shop destination
lynnk285, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Nice coffee shop serving good coffee and we enjoyed lovely fresh scones. The shops are pleasant to walk round however as it was raining we didn't get to enjoy the gardens so will visit another time. NOTE cash only if you spend under £10.
Setting gorgeous, food tasty
Kirkharle is a lovely place, with lots of galleries craft shops, and a short stroll to a pretty lake. We did watercolour beside the lake it's that lovely. The Courtyard is a café and restaurant, so when the café gets full then they open the restaurant. One whole wall is window, looking out over a gorgeous courtyard full of plants and the birds going about their business. Great choice of dishes, both snacks and more substantial, we ate vegetarian and enjoyed the meal. Walked before returning for cake, which was also good. In combination with the galleries and workshops for aspiring artists, this café / restaurant makes Kirkharle an attractive destination
sheilaanne2018, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Lovely courtyard and lake. Friendly cafe with excellent coffee. Freshly baked scones and cakes. Interesting history and shops.
debbie d, Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
A beautiful setting with a lovely walk around the lake.... However it says "open at 10.00" it was not..... It says " a great Day out" it was not . it says " hand crafted jewelry" No! It says furniture" No! It says "glass work gallery" No! In fact the only shops open was an art shop, which was very good, friendly staff and lovely pictures and cards. A food shop (Very experience) and the coffee shop which was nice but expensive. We had seen everything including a drink and a walk round to lake (which was beautiful) by 11.30. not what I would call "a great day out" as discribed in the leaflet.