Much better than when I reviewed this pub badly about 9 months ago. They have clearly made efforts to up their game as well as giving the whole building a refurb. Staff at least give some impression they are interested although almost all of them are struggling with English as their first language -- which is unfair on them and the customers.
Most of our group thought the food was good (fish and chips is especially good although portions of chips are small) although one was unhappy with the poor salad options. However overall the menu options are frankly poor having been cut back and descended to the lowest common denominator of pub food; it is also confusing to read.
There seems to be an increasing range of premium fizzy lagers. But the range of real ales, which used to be excellent, was I thought poor -- two Belgian brews I'd never heard of, a porter (enjoyed by some of our group) and three or four handpumps with beers none of us knew. No Fullers, Youngs, Wells, Adnams, etc. which used to be the mainstay of the beers. Poor call, guys.
This is a shame because with good, slightly more innovative pub food, and good beers the Audley could regain its reputation as a most excellent pub.
But as I say, it is a lot better than it was; it's just a shame that the brewery "head office" seems to have lost its way. Doesn't quite get 4 stars.
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