Kirkharle Coffee House

Kirkharle Courtyard Kirkwhelpington NE19 2PE

The coffee shop at the heart of Kirkharle – the restored 18th-century farm complex of craft and art outlets – is a real gem. Arched floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the cobbled courtyard, and a wood-burner keeps things nice and cosy when needed. The enticing menu has a strong Mediterranean ethos while championing all things local. It's great for breakfast or brunch, serving things like a tortilla stack with black pudding, roast tomatoes and crispy bacon, and daily specials change with the seasons – think slow-roast belly pork on parsnip mash, a summer asparagus tart, or a lunchtime wrap filled with local sausage, sun-blush tomato and spinach. It's all rather magnificent, and at only 14 miles from Hexham or 18 miles from Newcastle, is an easy lunch or afternoon tea stop for anyone touring the area.