A brand new neighbourhood boozer for Essex Road, The Alpaca is bringing 'proper pub' energy to the Islington enclave. Taking over from The New Rose, the venue is a collaborative venture from operators Star Pubs & Bars and long-time pub bod Lucas Owen, who is looking to return the site to its former glory, but with a whole new lease of life.
Offering a contemporary take on the traditional public house, The Alpaca's drinks list will maintain a focus on cask ales, craft beers and local brews. The food menu too will look to neighbourhood producers, with the Steve Hatt fishmongers next door already on board as a supplier.
The bar will also boast a backyard beer garden, perfect for when the weather finally starts to take a turn for the better - which should hopefully coincide with their opening at the beginning of March - alongside an upstairs function room available for community events, comedy and quiz nights.