The Apple

Opening Times
Monday - Saturday12pm – 12am
Sunday12pm – 10.30pm
Casual DiningBoozingPubAlcohol

0117 925 3500
Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SB, United Kingdom
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Why we love it

You'll be hard-pressed to pinpoint anywhere closer to the hearts (and palates) of local cider connoisseurs than this. A quintessentially Bristolian waterside haunt and bonafide floating institution around these parts, The Apple (a wonderfully characterful river boat with canvas covering on the top deck and a salubrious sofa retreat down below) gently bobs alongside its own cobbled quay and seating area on the Welsh Back, awash with friendly clientele and proudly serving real cider from an astounding assortment of bottles, barrels and boxes.

Their house favourites (Old Bristolian is a legendary half-pint tipple) and seasonal selections are presented with purpose (white chalk on blackboards), and every drink poured is proper: craft-produced, well-balanced and organic. Cloudy or clear, you’ll find no chemical additives or brash branding here. For food, the ploughman’s lunch is a must - premium local ingredients heartily served with subtlety and poise. Don’t mull it over, get a Wriggle on to the Apple. Even if you can’t walk on water, you’ll definitely run on cider.


Lazy, hazy afternoons on the top deck
A spicy Spaniard's Ploughman's platter
Washing down a Rich's Medium with a Happy Daze
Evenings on the cobbles and under the stars.