We ate at the Speights Ale house last night (early august) and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The restaurant has a nice, warm and pub/ale house atmosphere and although they don't take bookings and were fairly busy, a table was cleared and we were seated very quickly.
The beer is great with a decent size selection and suggestions are given as to which beer to drink with each meal.
I ordered the lamb shanks. They were amazing. Very large and the meat literally just fell of the bone. I was more than content at the end of this meal. A great choice on a cold winter night.
The service wasn't incredible but it wasn't bad either. The meals were a little slow to come out, however apologies were given, which was appreciated.
Definitely worth a visit.