Earlier this month, Sara Sherwood wrote that American tourists found the UK ‘bland’ and ‘barbaric’, with complaints about everything from the British stiff upper lip to their inability to produce a sufficiently cold glass of tap water.
But plenty of love for our islands can still be found from our friends across the pond. Telegraph readers, including many US residents, took to the comments section to defend Britain – with some declaring themselves “complete Anglophiles”.
Read on for the best of the discussion, and join the conversation in the comments section below.
‘There is more to the UK than the famous sites of London’
Reader Graham Kirsch shared how he recently met “a delightful couple from South Carolina, who were here on holiday.”
He explained: “They had an interest in history and industrial heritage, so were visiting Cromford Mills in Derbyshire. They were knowledgeable, polite, interested and interesting. Plus, they understood that there is much more to the UK than just a few famous sites in London.”
‘I have yet to find any pubs in the US that come close to an average British one’
Telegraph reader Jonathan Lloyd expanded on Mr Kirsch’s point: “As an expat and dual citizen who has lived in the US for 45 years, I always tell my American friends to pick a few things they want to see in London but then to get on a train and go two hours in any direction (Bath, Brighton, Norfolk, Oxford) and visit the local area around those places.
“As for pubs, I have yet to find any in the US that come close to an average British pub. I can think of five in Hertford that put most US bars to shame.”
‘Keep doing what you’re doing my British friends’
Reader Rich Coo shared how, as an American in his late 30s, the description of Britain as bland and barbaric “pains him a bit to read.”
“I’ve been to the UK many, many times, for work and holiday. I love the country and have gained some really close friends there. Nothing beats sitting in a proper pub with real ale in hand. Don’t change, keep doing what you’re doing my British friends.”
‘It saddens me to hear of the rampant illegal immigration’
Telegraph reader Jenny Stewart shares the same sentiment: “I am American and, as with most Americans that I know, share a heritage with the UK. We love everything – well, nearly everything – about Britain.
However, Ms Stewart notes that it “saddens me to hear of the rampant illegal immigration; the undermining of your churches and culture; the high taxes trying to pay for it all.” She states: “The United Kingdom is special. Protect it.”
‘Americans go to the UK because they expect it to be different’
Telegraph reader Laura McIntyre is another American that visits the UK regularly. She noted: “Americans go to the UK because they expect it to be different from home, so why complain when they find that it is, indeed, different? That is silly.”
‘If folks from the American heartland visited the British heartland they’d have a whale of a time’
Another anonymous reader raised an interesting point, as they argued that “the issue is the cost of travelling across the Atlantic, which means only elite Americans generally come here and it’s London they visit, which clearly has its flaws.
“If the regular folks from the American heartland came here and visited the British heartland then I’m sure they’d have a whale of a time.”
‘We are complete Anglophiles’
Telegraph reader Sarah Ferrar recalled a trip she took during the Seventies with her mother.
“When I was 20 years old, my mother and I flew into Heathrow, rented an automobile and immediately left London and spent several weeks travelling around the British Isles – going as far up as Skye and far down to Bath. It was just lovely.”
She added: “In 2000, one of my daughters and I retraced that trip, although a bit modified. We are complete Anglophiles.”
‘The weather is not a problem’
Another reader that would class herself as an Anglophile is Carol Partridge. She wrote: “I am American and have never found a reason to complain about anything! The pubs are perfect for a nice glass of wine and a bite to eat. The weather is weather and not a problem. My accommodations are comfortable, the Tube and buses get me wherever I need to go. If, when I’ve visited, there is a strike, I rearrange plans (I get TFL emails, so I can plan accordingly).”
‘England will always be my second home’
Reader Blair Nelsen explained how he lived in Newmarket, Suffolk, “for five years in the 1980s”. He added: “England, with all its charm, character and eccentricities, will always be my second home. Now, if only I could find a good ploughman’s platter and a pint of bitter...”