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The Apple

Bars and pubs, Pubs City Centre
3 out of 5 stars
The Apple
Sal Maxuda

Cider-centric bar on an old canal boat. Expect to be tussling for space during the summer months

If cider is a West Country institution, then The Apple is surely its spiritual home. During the summer its outside seating area is invariably packed. Come the winter you can hunker down for the night with a glass of mulled cider in hand under a heater or a blanket.

If you think the floor beneath your feet is moving, it might not just be the cider talking – The Apple is located on a former Dutch barge, which is now moored permanently at the end of King Street.

No such frippery as craft beer here – The Apple leaves that to its neighbours, including The Beer Emporium, Small Bar and Kongs. Instead, it’s just a huge selection of fermented apple juices – many of which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere other than in farm shops. With names like Tractor Fuel (£3.60 a pint), you’d be wise to line your stomach with chips and cheese, which will set you back a fiver. 

By: Betty James


Venue name: The Apple
Address: Welsh Back
Opening hours: Summer: Mon-Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm. Winter: Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight
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