Some cracking pubs in the center. lived down there for a few years and ventured into town most Saturdays. The Square Peg is a Witherspoons and a good place to start before moving on to Broad Street. Locals were always very friendly.
What does fill me with a tiny bit of hope is that they do seem to be able to find new investors when needed which says to me that they know people in the right places whether that be keys in a bowl or gimp masks