With Berkhamsted so close you are somewhat spoilt for a collection of great places to eat, drink and shop along with, of course, the magnificently restored art-deco environs of the Rex Cinema - an auspicious evening out for anyone.
But you don't need to leave Northchurch for everyday supplies and comforts. The George and Dragon pub is run with love by Paul & Viv and has two bars, a large beer garden, a weekly quiz night and monthly live music, while Bon Soiree café serves English breakfasts, pots of tea and cakes and baps aplenty. The modern local shopping parade at the western end of the centre includes McCoys for fish'n'chips and a useful Tesco Express with a Post Office inside.
Berkhamsted's mainline station and car park is about 1.3 miles away and an easy cycle ride, with a fast journey into London Euston of around 30 minutes. It's also just one stop to quaint Tring and larger Hemel Hempstead. There are also many local bus services passing through the centre and running to Berkhamsted, Chesham, Aylesbury and lots of neighbouring villages.
St Mary's C-of-E Primary School has been in the village for more than 150 years and is officially recognised as 'an outstanding church school'. Education is famously excellent here and includes the nearby and much in-demand Berkhamsted School and Ashlyn's School.
Northchurch Common (part of the National Trust Ashridge Estate) and the Alpine Meadow Nature Reserve sit above the village and are wonderful and expansive spaces for walks and views, while the Grand Union Canal running through the centre of Northchurch provides a picturesque - and flat - setting for a leisurely stroll.