Pub is flushed with success over toilet

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A Cramlington pub is flushed with success after winning a top award.

John The Clerk of Cramlington has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets – earning a top prize in the Loo of the Year Awards 2013.

The Clerk of Northumberland Pub at Cramlington-won acclaim for its toilets-seen with Manager Mark Streener.'REF 0511133020

The Clerk of Northumberland Pub at Cramlington-won acclaim for its toilets-seen with Manager Mark Streener.'REF 0511133020

The pub, on the corner of Village Road and Front Street, has been awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors, the highest award possible.

The awards are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of ‘away from home’ toilet provision across the UK.

Pub manager Mark Streener said: “I am delighted with the award.

“Staff at the pub work hard to ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”

Inspectors make unannounced visits to hundreds of toilet sites across the UK in order to judge them.

All the toilets are graded from bronze to gold, with unacceptable toilets not graded.

The platinum rating is given only to outlets which offer ‘exceptional toilets’.

The toilets are judged against numerous criteria, including decor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment and overall management.

Mark said: “It’s all about making sure the toilets are well maintained and are looked after every hour.

“At times we do get a lot of feedback from our customers when the toilets are kept and maintained and well looked after and people say it’s nice facilities.”

Mark added that once they receive their award and certificate, it will take pride of place on a wall.

The Loo of the Year Awards 2013 managing director, Mike Bone, said: “The toilets at John The Clerk of Cramlington have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

“The pub richly deserves its platinum award – the highest individual award the judges can deliver.”

John The Clerk of Cramlington, part of pub chain JD Weatherspoon, opened in July, creating 30 jobs.

The company spent £1.47m redeveloping the outlet on the site of the former pub The Travellers. It is open from 8am to 11pm Monday to Wednesday, 8am to midnight on Thursday, and 8am to 12.30am on Friday and Saturday, with food served until 10pm every day.