I think I've searched through every past post here on TA on the issue of using American credit cards in the UK. I'm still as confused as ever about it...since our banks here basically refuse to offer chip and pin cards, I am looking for guidance on whether traveling in more rural areas will present problems when paying in shops, restaurants, hotels, if using the standard US magnetic stripe credit card? Are there other places (road tolls, petrol stations, anywhere else you can think of) where our antiquated US credit cards may present a problem?
DH and I are trying to plan a double milestone (birthdays and anniversary) trip to the Cotswolds next year, but are now questioning if this is even particularly do-able. We would rather not be traveling with a ton of cash to bypass the chip/pin vs. magnetic stripe credit card problem. I would really appreciate any and all advice, experiences, etc... on this issue. I know we'd be okay in London, but we've done London to death over the years and really wanted to spend a week slowly meandering through the lovely Cotswolds.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can lend. If this isn't going to be a problem (really hoping so!), I will most certainly be back with more destination specific questions as we move ahead with our planning.