I've eaten at the Malthouse whilst staying at the Premier Inn next door and always find it to be a bit of a lottery every time I go in. It's had a few different owners / chefs over the years but seems to upped it's game recently. I ate their twice in succession in Dec 2012 and found it good. Good pub grub with a nice busy atmosphere and the staff and service was generally good. I would go again but it could be a whole different experience again! Hopefully not as it was decent this time round.
The Premier Inn next door does exactly what it says on the tin.