Award success for county’s top pub toilets

Three pubs in south east Northumberland have been awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors for the quality of their toilets.

The three Wetherspoon pubs have won acclaim for the quality and standards of their toilets in the Loo of the Year Awards 2014.

The Red Lion in Front Street West, Bedlington, John The Clerk of Cramlington in Village Road, Cramlington, and The Wallaw in Union Street, Blyth, have each been awarded a platinum star, which is the highest award possible.

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

Authorised inspectors make unannounced visits to hundreds of toilets at sites across the UK, in order to judge them.

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

All of the toilets are graded from bronze to gold with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.

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

The Red Lion manager, Richard Miller, said: “I am delighted with the award. Staff at the pub work hard to ensure the toilets are in a first-class conditional at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”

The Loo of the Year Awards 2014 managing director, Mike Bone, said: “The toilets at each of the pubs have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

“The pubs richly deserve their platinum awards.”