If ever there were a pub synonymous with Bristol, it would be The Apple, a cider-serving boat rocking the River Avon.
The West County’s finest craft ciders and perries come on tap, with guest ciders including the like of Thatchers, Sheppy and the ever-popular Old Bristolian. But there’s even more to explore by the bottle, such as Weston’s Wyld Wood and Orchard Pig Charmer. To further echo the rolling of the West Country hills, Ploughman platters replete with cheeses and meats from local suppliers are available, and on sunny Sundays The Apple often welcomes revelers with street food favourites.
The adorable Dutch barge is moored in Bristol’s historic old market and you can board her and take up a table indoors. But in summer months, picnic benches litter the terrace beside the boat so punters can bag some summer rays with their cider.
Best Bars tip: Ask to try before you buy – you won’t find friendlier bar staff in Bristol, and they sure love talking cider.
— Laura Richards, @Lala_Richards