Famous as the birthplace of landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the rural hamlet of Kirkharle has proudly embraced its heritage with the creation of a unique visitor attraction with something for all the family. Over recent years the 18th-century courtyard and derelict farm stone buildings have been carefully restored and modernised to offer an impressive collection of arts and crafts workshops and galleries, Brown’s Artisan Food Larder, a Coffee House and Restaurant and much more. Children are well provided for too with their own play area and interesting activities to keep them entertained. A delightful stroll around the nearby lake set amid the beautiful Northumbrian countryside is also not to be missed.
The Coffee House is open all year round and offers a varied menu of delicious homemade dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Start the day with a tasty brunch or choose from a selection of soups, sandwiches, wraps and sharing platters. Ever changing seasonal dishes are freshly prepared each day and a separate children’s menu is also available. Those requiring gluten free are also catered for and options include homemade soup, jacket potatoes plus sandwiches and toasties with a choice of fillings. Among a selection of delicious GF cakes are homemade tray bakes and chocolate fudge cookies. Other options are available daily, simply ask the helpful and friendly staff who are more than happy to advise.
The versatile Lorraine Room is also available for private functions and special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice. Please contact the manager who will do everything possible to accommodate your requests.
“A very enjoyable and unusual visitor centre full of surprises. Great restaurant with tasty gluten free options, also a good range of GF products for sale in Brown’s Larder.” …Gluten Free Dining