Try the fine restaurants of Northamptonshire in this Rose of the Shires. From pretty villages with thatched cottages to handsome market towns and sprawling estates with their stately homes, Northamptonshire certainly lives up to its title of the Rose of the Shires. Located in the centre of England, restaurants in Northamptonshire are particularly strong on English food, with lots of regional dishes and modern interpretations of traditional classics. The Fox & Hounds at Charwelton is a good example, serving delicious dishes such as a very fine duck supper of breast, faggot, fondant potato and baby vegetables. The Snooty Fox over at Lowick is another local highlight, with an excellent trio of lamb cutlets served in a port and redcurrant jus, with French beans and Lyonnaise potatoes.