TWO Wetherspoon pubs have won acclaim for the quality and standards of their toilets ˗ in the Loo of the Year Awards 2017.

The Ferry Boat on Church Street, Runcorn and The Premier on Albert Road, Widnes have both been awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors ˗ the highest award possible.

The awards, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of public toilet provision across the UK.

Loo of the Year Awards inspectors make unannounced visits to thousands of toilets across the UK to judge them.

All of the toilets are graded from bronze to platinum 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 Ferry Boat manager Christian Greenlee said: “We are delighted with the award.”

The Premier manager Sian McKenzie added: “Staff at the pub ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”

Loo of the Year Awards 2017 managing director Mike Bone, said: “The toilets at both 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 highest individual award the judges can deliver.”