A HIGH street pub has won industry acclaim for its fantastic facilities after scooping a top accolade at the Loo of the Year Awards 2019.

The John Russell Fox, a Wetherspoon pub based in High Street, has been awarded a platinum rating for the quality and standards of its toilets.

Last year the venue completed a £3.4 million refurbishment project, which included, amongst other things, relocating and renovating to the pub’s toilets.

And while the new toilets may now be slightly further away from the bar, patrons can be assured their slightly longer trip up to the first-floor facilities will be well worth the extra yards.

The toilets were judged on various criteria, including décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment and overall management.

They were then given grades of silver, gold, platinum or diamond, with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.

The John Russell Fox is managed by Barry Price.

Barry said: “We are delighted with the award. 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.”

The Loo of the Years Awards has been dubbed the “toilet Oscars” and are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of ‘away from home’ toilet provision across the UK.

Inspectors made unannounced visits to thousands of toilets at sites across the UK in order to judge them, before settling on their final ratings.

The Loo of the Year Awards 2019 managing director, Mike Bone, has congratulated the John Russell Fox on its awards success.

He said: “The toilets at The John Russell Fox 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.”