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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Nice trip for lunch
LYPud, Durham, United Kingdom
I visited with my toddler and parents and found something for us all. Lunch in the courtyard was tasty, and nice choices that differ from the usual. Children are catered for well too with a little kids area as well. Nice little shops to look in too, the Hygge shop stood out from them all, nice little bits and reasonable prices.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It means so much to our staff to feel appreciated. I will pass your review on to them. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope that we can welcome you back again soon.
Clive A, Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
Paid a visit with friends to Kirkharle Coffee House Very pleasant in deed Lovely selection of food and beverages Superb service
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much. I will pass your message on to our hardworking staff. It is wonderful for them to know that their efforts are appreciated. I hope that you will visit us again soon.
Poor service is the order of the day
keith c, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
An understaffed coffee house that cannot cope with a couple of dozen people. Waited 10 minutes and still nobody took an order, so we left. Tip don't sit at the table in front of the counter as we did, the waiter complained about the customers that they had changed their mind so many times. If you you are going to complain about the people who pay your wages do it out of ear shot. Things didn't get any better when we looked around the shops, the glass people were more interested in watching an iPad and the embroidery sales assistant was just rude, . We asked if the paper sculpted had moved all we got was a grumpy yes, sorry to have disturbed her listening to the radio. You are doomed if your customer service is this bad. We didn't bother going to the other shops, they lost out. We will not be back. Avoid unless you love bad service. It wasn't as though the place was packed about a dozen cars tops in the car park
Tasty, imaginative food that keeps tempting me back.
MrClegg, Near Newcastle
I've been remiss in writing reviews, but here's a start to rectify that. Where do I start?? I admit I'm a regular at Kirkharle, does that make me biased? Yes, but unashamedly so! There are some lovely walks in the area, and if you can't treat yourself to coffee and cake after a 10 mile walk, what's the point of living? But I also go there for the interesting shops: they've helped me surprise Mrs Clegg and other family and friends with unusual presents on a number of occasions. But let's, for this review at least, ignore the stunning pictures of Northumberland, the bespoke jewelry and the wonderful and unique glass compositions available in other units in Kirkharle and concentrate on my own personal favourite: the food. As stated in other reviews, I'm 90% vegetarian, and am always pleased to see imaginative options on the specials board as well as staple options on the menu. On the rare occasions I breakfast in Kirkharle, I try to veer away from Asian eggs, and fail regularly. How does toast, spring onion, ginger, fresh chillies and eggs, not make a perfect start to the day? My most regular visits coincide with lunch times at the weekend, Mrs Clegg goes to Krav Maga, I get to eat lovely food, decide for yourself who gets the better deal? Whilst she learns how to knee people in the unmentionables I get to drive in the country and eat wraps, toasties, and menu specials, and IF I'm manning up to the challenge of a post meal treat, the selection of desserts make it difficult to decide which to choose, throw in piping hot coffee with cream and it's not a difficult choice of repeat venue. Highlights of some of my recent visits: Cauliflower steak. No, not some unusual cut of beef, a thick slice of cauliflower, fried with chorizo, and served with a devine cheese sauce and new potatoes. I've been lucky enough to eat in some fabulous restaurants across Britain, this made it into my top ten of best meals. Various wraps. Black olive & blue cheese, 3 cheese with red & green pesto, chorizo, black pudding and tomato, sausage and chutney, all lovely. Cauliflower & chickpea curry. Tasty and warming, served with a lovely kale tortilla. Toasties. Not those awful Breville toasted sandwiches but freshly cooked, for those times when cheese and onion with chutney hits the spot perfectly. Herb sausage and Fennel bake. Who cooks fennel these days? After eating this I can tell you we're being deprived of a lovely vegetable. Served with colourful heritage potatoes, such a good combination. Carrot and Ginger soup. Pear & Ginger bread and butter pudding. Date & Walnut flap jack. I'm a great believer that people will support places that are worthy of support, and Kirkharle will continue getting my support, what better accolade can a person give?
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: What better accolade indeed. Thank you soooo much for taking time to write the review we have always dreamed of. Your wonderful words of praise will bring joy to the heart of all at Kirkharle but most importantly our imaginative and talented chef/manager and her staff. Do please make yourself known to us on your next visit.
John P, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Decided to drop in and have a look around the craft shops in the courtyard before going to the coffee house for a late lunch. Staff were fantastic, I'm dead fussy when it comes to food so they were able to accommodate my slight changes to the toasted sandwich that I ordered. Will definitely be back again