Despite the surge of excellent local beer breweries over recent years, Bristol is still a cider city. And we're damn proud of it. Nothing beats a summer's day in the city, supping on a pint of tangy apple brew and letting the world go by, and there's no city that can compete with our speciality cider boozers.
Here's our list of the best cider haunts in Bristol to 'drink responsibly' in...
You'd have to have been living under a rock not to be familiar with Bristol’s famous Apple Cider Boat, which is situated at the end of King Street on the floating harbour. Loved by Bristol locals, this popular watering hole and outside cobbled terrace stocks a vast range of ciders and perries, and is the perfect summer spot to enjoy them in. Step aboard the vessel and take a look at the unique venue, with both downstairs and upstairs deck bars.
There are roughly 40 ciders on offer here that change regularly, including The Apple’s very own ‘Old Bristolian’ – which comes in at 8.4%. Whether you prefer still, sparkling, dry, medium or sweet ciders, there is really something for everyone here due to the sheer selection.
The Apple cider van does a weekly run visiting local artisan producers to collect craft ciders and takes time and care when making their selections. A real Bristol gem, this is a wonderful place to come and sip on the apples with your mates.
Also known as ‘The Cori’, ‘The Coritap’ and ‘The Tap' is The Coronation Tap, Bristol’s very own and centuries old ciderhouse. Open since the 1800's, this pub has quite the reputation, not only down to the fact there is a strong selection of ciders, but because this is where you can get yourself a taste of ‘Exhibition'. Brisolian’s will no doubt have plenty of stories in relation to this cider, and none of them seem to end well.
Only available in half pint measures, this cider is exclusive to the Coronation Tap and is over double the strength of normal ciders – even practiced cider drinkers have struggled with this one – so drink it at your peril.
If this sounds a little too hardcore for you, there are plenty of other ciders to sample here, all which are also available to buy and takeaway, or bring in your own container to be filled up.
If you want to drink cider in a traditional setting, you need look no further than The Orchard Inn. Situated by the harbourside; this typical, charming pub has been selling cider to locals in Bristol for 150 years and has recently been award the CAMRA South West Cider Pub of 2016.
Whilst the bar serves up traditional long standing ciders all year round, they also have monthly changing suppliers from the West Country. With over 20 still varieties on offer along with some sparkling choices, this is a venue where you will almost certainly find long standing locals propping up the bar stools.
You can also sit outside this little gem, soaking up the sunshine whilst sipping on a fresh pint of recommended cider from the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Named as the UK’s ‘Independent Cider Retailer of the Year’ in 2015, The Bristol Cider Shop offers the best in full juice produce from the West Country, with everything being sourced from within 50 miles of the premises.
Over 100 varieties of cider and perry can be purchased here, with each and every bottle and barrel being handpicked. Come and enjoy a tipple from the shop in Whapping Wharf, or take part in their regular cider tastings - which include a selection of 10 different ciders along with bread and cheese (well, you need something to soak it all up right?).
Cider lovers can also subscribe to become members of the shops very own Cider Club; where you will receive 12 different bottled ciders every two months.
Want to learn more? They're running an exclusive cider tasting on Wednesday 28th June
As with The Cori tap, you know you have hit a cider sweet spot when you head somewhere with their own cider! The Stable is proudly pouring Rapscallion, their own golden ambrosia and it tastes mighty fine. Each restaurant has a highly qualified cider expert to help guide the imbiber around the 50 plus cider and perry options on offer in the Harbourside restaurant.
You can get everything from cloudy scrumpy that looks like it was made in a bathtub to high quality sparkling perrys that can be quaffed like fine champagne. Paired with their lovely pizzas, you are bound to find something you love!
Thanks to Natalie of Stuffed blog for getting her cider on