Being as I am, a person of British descent, I have met many people on my travels who believe certain stereotypes about the Brits and the UK, despite never having been there themselves. Here are 7 of the most common myths about the Brits.
The Food is Crap
The biggest misconception about the UK by a very long way is that the food is terrible. This is not true. Like everywhere in the world, it all depends on where you eat of course – you can’t expect a cheap Chinese takeaway to tickle your culinary taste buds. Brits are obsessed with food – you only need turn the telly on to see how much time we spend talking about food, learning to cook food, eating food, judging other people who cook food…it’s big business! It makes sense that London has the best food, which is matched perhaps only by New York when it comes to the quality and sheer quantity of different cuisines, but amazing places to eat are scattered all over the country. When it comes to British food it’s always good to stick to local ingredients and unpretentious recipes, and you can’t go far wrong.
Everyone Lives in London
Well, now this one is just silly. But it’s amazing how many people seem to think that every single person from the UK was born in and lives in the capital. This is not true. The UK is a big place, and London is only a very small corner of it – if you ask around, you may found that many Brits have never been to London at all. London is also only one of a number of cool British cities – check out cities like Manchester, Edinburgh and Bristol to see what the rest of the country has to offer. Head to Liverpool for this year’s exciting Grand National – make sure you name your horse on http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/events/grand-national-day with William Hill before you do though!
Brits are Rude and Reserved
Completely false, and couldn’t be further from the truth. Obviously, there are rude idiots everywhere in the world, but Britain has more than its fair share of warm and friendly locals who are only too happy to include you in their slightly warped sense of humour. As long as you like a drink.
They All Know The Queen
They don’t. There are very few Brits who have ever met the Queen. Honest.
The Beer is Warm
Ok, this one could go one of two ways. While Brits may not serve beer in the same ice-cold fashion as their European neighbours or those across the pond, it’s not warm either. And there is a reason for this. In a classic British pub, the beer is kept at cellar temperature, which is the best temperature at which to enjoy the subtle flavours of the very distinctive styles of British beer, also called an ale or stout. Lagers are served colder, and bottled lager is kept in a fridge, just like everywhere else in the world.
All Brits are Cynical
Actually, this one is true. Us Brits do have a tendency to see only the cloud and not the silver lining, and compared to our American friends, can sometimes be downright negative. On the upside, this built-in cynicism leads to some outstanding humour that has yet to be matched anywhere in the world, ever. But if you’re going to be in the UK for a long time, prepare yourself for an onslaught of negativity and do what we do – turn it into something funny.