Town taverns scoop top toilet prizes

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Two South Yorkshire pubs have won recognition for the quality and standards of their toilets - in the Loo of the Year Awards 2016.

Both Wetherspoon pubs - The Red Lion in Market Place, Doncaster and The Old Market Hall in Market Street, Mexborough - received a platinum star rating by inspectors, the highest award it is possible to get.

The Loo of the Year Awards aims to highlight and improve standards of ‘away from home’ toilet provision throughout 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, Andy Haith, said: “Obviously we’re delighted with this award.

“Staff at the pub work very hard to ensure the toilet facilities in our venue are in a first-class condition at all times.

“It is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”

The Loo of the Year Awards 2016 managing director, Mike Bone, said: “The toilets at each of these 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.

“The awards have a very simple objective, namely, to encourage the highest possible standards in all public toilets. The awards have run independently since their introduction in 1987.”