With its luscious countryside, eclectic selection of shops and cafes and scenic canal network, people in Harborough already know that life is good here – but now its a fact.
The Sunday Times has listed Market Harborough in its Best Places to Live in Britain guide, the first instalment of which was published on Sunday.
Singled out as one of the best places to live in the Midlands, the town has been chosen as one of the best thanks to its good schools, attractive countryside, cafe culture and the low prices of houses considering its proximity to London.
The town is described as, “an undiscovered gem with low house prices to boot”.
Pete Whelan, president of Harborough Chamber of Trade, said: “It is really good.
“You know, Market Harborough has got a great blend of characteristics that are fairly unique.
“It has got good connections up and down the country and it feels like it has a good community spirit.
“It has a very marked olde worlde feel about it and it has got some lovely streets and shops and a good mix of different types of shops and cafes and bars as well which all lends to its success.”
One of the factors that was taken into account when The Sunday Times went looking for the best places to live in the country was good schools and natural beauty spots.
Mike Beech, museum keeper at Foxton Locks, explained the attraction of the ars.
He said: “We have one of the highest visitor figures in the district because it is where all the locals bring their friends.
Mr Beech said that people come to visit Foxton Locks from all over the world and that people from places like the Lake District will spend their holidays here.
The museum is open seven days a week 10am until 5pm and will have a number of events taking place over the Easter break.
The guide also makes mention of Joules Yard as a good place to browse books and eat alfresco in the summer and also singles out The Waterfront restaurant based at Union Wharf and its weekend brunch.
Sandy Tandy, manager at The Waterfront, was thrilled with publicity and said: “It came as a fantastic surprise to be mentioned by such a prestigious newspaper.
“We feel we have a lot to offer due to our good food and friendly service – but what really makes us unique is our beautiful canalside setting.
“We frequently have diners who come from miles around because of our great location.”