Went in the R/H side, as I used to, and was pleasantly surprised. New furniture, brightly decorated, brights lights, a total transformation. I would have liked to have had a pint, but the service was non-existant. Some guy was serving in the other bar. He noticed me, but took ages to serve one customer 3 pints. After finishing serving, he then started a converrsation with another customer, totally ignoring me! After waiting over 5 minutes, I walked out.
So as much as the fittings may have changed the better, the sevice hasn't.