AN East Staffordshire village has received national recognition after being named as one of the best places to live in the country.
Abbots Bromley has received the accolade from The Sunday Times, which has listed it among the most desirable places to set up home.
Renowned for its age-old tradition of the horn dance, which is held in the village every year and dates back 1,000 years, the village was chosen by the newspaper which looked to find the country’s best areas based on criteria including transport links, natural beauty, crime rates and property prices, as well as school league tables and employment figures.
Within close range of Burton, Uttoxeter and Lichfield, the village, which has also won numerous ‘Best Kept Village’ awards in recent years, will appear in The Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live section, which will be released in two parts beginning this weekend.
And who better to answer the question of ‘what is so great about Abbots Bromley’ than two migrants to the area who have made the village their home.
Darren Harris, originally from Stoke-on-Trent, and wife Gill, who hails from London, set up home there three years ago when they took over the running of the Coach and Horses pub, in High Street.
So what is so special about Abbots Bromley?
Mr Harris said: “It’s a fabulous place, it’s a safe place to live, everybody knows everybody, and as the owner of a pub, walking down the street there’s always somebody saying hello.
“There’s a lot to do too, we have a cricket club and a football club, and we’re right in the middle of Burton, Lichfield and Uttoxeter.
“It’s a very picturesque village, house prices haven’t really been altered by the credit crunch, it’s such a popular place to live. We’re a very close-knit village.”