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£500k revamp and a new name for historic Essex Road pub

17 January, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Lucas Owen outside The New Rose – which is set to become The Alpaca

AN Essex Road pub that dates back to the 19th century is set for a revamp.

The New Rose, on the corner of Popham Street, will be given a £500,000 makeover as publican Lucas Owen is set to take the helm when it reopens in early March.

The past two years has seen the pub run by a succession of temporary operators and closed for seven months.

Mr Owen has renamed it The Alpaca – an animal “renowned for its strong individual personality”.

He added: “The area has lost a number of its pubs in recent years and there’s been concern that the New Rose would become a chain bar or even close altogether. My aim is to restore it as a great local.”

The pub, believed to date back to the early 1800s, has had a number of different names over the years including the Half Moon. It was named the New Rose after a track by punk rock band The Damned.


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