It’s enough to make dear old Adge Cutler spin in his grave, because it seems Bristol’s love of cider might not be translating too well to the Millennials’ world of online dating.
An online dating app surveyed its customers about whether they form a bad impression on a first date based on what drink is the very first drink their potential-lover orders – and cider is been described as ‘the most unattractive’ drink to order.
That is the case across the country, but remarkably is also true in Bristol and the wider West Country.
Half of the 1,000 people surveyed by dating app TrueView said they would judge their date based on what drink they ordered, and more than a quarter of people in the Bristol area admitted a ‘wrong choice’ could put them off straight away.
And incredibly, based on the fact that cider is the national drink of the West Country, a pint of the appley nectar was voted ‘the most unattractive drink for a potential partner to order’ on a first date by people in the Bristol area.
Just under a third of people in the city would wait for their potential partner to order their drink on a first date before they made their choice – and the survey also delved deep into the delicate topic of how much alcohol is seen as acceptable from a first date etiquette point of view.
A total of 49 per cent of people surveyed in the Bristol area said they would simply go home if their date started getting drunk on a first date, and we in the West have quite a low threshold, it seems.
Most people in the Bristol area who took part in the survey said that it ‘becomes unacceptable’ for their date to order three drinks on a first date.
“The anti-cider brigade are most likely to live in the North West, the South East, Northern Ireland, and the South West,” said a spokesperson for TrueView.
“This is despite the fact that most cider is actually brewed in the South West – perhaps it’s just because they’re so used to it, they want their partner to show a little more imagination?”
Exactly what drink would be acceptable, if cider isn’t, is also a shock. One in eight said a pint of beer was unacceptable, and nationally, ordering a straight shot was a big no-no too.
“This is possibly because it suggests the shot-drinker likes to consume high strengths of alcohol, in as short a time as possible which, as we all know, can quite probably lead to some chaotic behaviour.
“Shots are fine on a stag do; less so when you’re trying to find out if the other person is as into Stranger Things as you are, or whether they want marriage and children…” she added.
Bizarrely enough, it seems the safest drink to order if you don’t want to risk making a bad impression is a white wine, which absolutely no one surveyed said they would think less off if ordered by a first date.
“We all like to go out and get drunk with our mates,’ said Trueview founder Matt Verity. “But it seems we apply slightly different standards when it comes to meeting up with someone we might end up in a relationship with! It looks like the key is to order just a couple of drinks, avoid shots and cider, and try to relax and enjoy yourself!”