I have also been in the refurbished Admiral Hawke. Décor best described as 'shabby chic', individual vintage chairs and tables, possibly picked up cheap from auction houses and recovered. I fear that walls have gone up, the big front room is partially divided into two, and a small snug without access to the bar is at the back - nice comfy armchairs but nobody using them. Why does the brewery persist in thinking people want to isolate themselves in dark poky little back rooms? Also agreed that perching on high stools is not for the over 30s! Cannot comment on the ladies toilets but the gents is transformed from its previous unsavoury appearance.
Wheat beer and pure brew on draught, but no Sovereign or mild. Food menu seems to be the standard fare, but I was told that evening service is only from 5.30 till 8.00 (no signs or publicity anywhere) so not changing into a destination where you can spend the whole evening. I suppose this refurbishment is progress of a sort, but apart from bringing in a trendy designer, there is still work to be done on appreciating what the customer actually wants rather than just hoping that cheap food and beer will bring the people in. A wider choice of wine, instead of red, pink or white would be a start according to my other half.