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The Alpaca, Islington, N1

84-86 Essex Road
N1
N1 8LU
Phone: 02072261082
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Alpaca

As mentioned below, this place has been totally refurbished, now with a dark ceiling and a fair amount of dark woodwork apart from the middle section which is in stripped-back brick. The overall effect is not unpleasant but it is a shame that the interior no longer matches the authenticity of the tiled exterior. There is a courtyard area at the rear and a lounge bar signed upstairs (not visited). The four handpumps carried Hophead, Otter (not ready), Seafarers (off) and Stan's Cider (off), which was a little disappointing but at least they showed some interest in looking after the beer.

On 16th September 2021 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Alpaca

This pub has a CAMRA Pub Heritage listing, but as part of reopening as The Alpaca, the interior has been substantially altered, in effect negating the former listing which has been removed from the WhatPub website. It is now no longer worth visiting for those interested in pub heritage.

On 11th July 2021 - no rating submitted
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The New Rose

It's worth wandering around this pub,there are three sections and thankfully the owners have resisted the temptation to open out the interior,a modern scourge.The exterior tiling is also noteworthy.The left sided room has a series of banquettes and it's own set of handpumps from the island bar.Through an archway into the tap room with a dark floor,traditional furniture and a terrestrial flatscreen turned off,although six nations rugby will be screened.There is an alcove below a large sign describing a wide selection of whisky and bourbon.
To the front there is a square snug and pleasingly a lot of the wood panelling throughout the interior remains.It's a solid boozer with 5 handpumps ,although only 3 were operational on my Saturday lunchtime trip serving Truman Runner,Three Sods Session IPA and a decent Bexley Black Prince Porter (£4.20 with CAMRA discount).Judging by the collection of pump clips it appears the selection here will constantly rotate.The keg selection looked mundane,while the food looked more interesting with a variety of burgers from a Bun & Grain menu (mostly around £11),flatbreads and bar snacks.The jazz muzak enhanced the laid back vibe.
It's in the 2018 GBG,which seemed justified by my pint although it would have been good to see more pumps in action.The pub has not gentrified and sits comfortably in this slightly scruffy part of Islington,and would get another visit from me when next in the area.

On 18th February 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Essex Road, 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.71 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.71 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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16th Sep 2021, 19:16
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16th Sep 2021, 16:12
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - 20p per pint including real cider - last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Graham Coombs
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Graham Coombs
  • Live Music : No last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Graham Coombs
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 16 September 2021 by Graham Coombs
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 16 September 2021 by Graham Coombs
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 August 2020 by ROB Camra
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