PUB staff have panned their rivals after winning awards for proving their toilets are far from bog-standard.
The Ward Jackson, in Church Square, The King Johns Tavern, in South Road, both Hartlepool, and The Half Moon in West Precinct, Billingham, are feeling flush after winning acclaim for the standards of their toilets in the Loo of the Year Awards 2014.
The Half Moon, which opened in April, has been awarded a platinum star-rating by inspectors – the highest award possible, while The King Johns Tavern and Ward Jackson have achieved a gold rating.
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 platinum with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.
The toilets are judged on criteria including décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment and overall management.
Ward Jackson shift leader Joanne Heward said: “I am delighted with the award. Staff at the pub work hard to ensure the toilets are in a first-class condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”
Mike Bone, managing director of The Loo of the Year Awards 2014, 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.”