Pub has best conveniences in Pendle

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A Colne pub is sitting proudly on the throne after winning the highest possible prize in the Loo of the Year Awards 2016.

The Wallace Hartley in Church Street has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets after being awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors.

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.

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

The platinum rating is given only to outlets which offer “exceptional toilets”.

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

The Wallace Hartley, a Wetherspoon pub, is managed by Liam Gregg who is flushed with the feeling of success.

Liam 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.”

The Loo of the Year Awards 2016 managing director, Mike Bone, said: “The toilets at The Wallace Hartley 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.”