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Harborough’s Food History

Market Harborough and the surrounding area has been a ‘hub’ for the local food and drink industry since the Manor of Harborough or Haverberg was developed as a place where tradesmen could meet between Northampton and Leicester between 1199 and 1227. In 1204 a market was established and it is thought that the name Haverberg is derived from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Haefera-beorg’ meaning Oat Hill.

Harborough Market has been held on a Tuesday ever since 1221 and has been joined by many small independent and artisan producers. A quality selection of local food and drink products is increasingly important to shoppers and visitors. Taste Harborough is at the centre of connecting and showcasing the businesses which make the Market Harborough area a wonderful place to taste and buy food and drink.