Inspectors reckon facilities are top place to spend a penny

TOP TOILETS: Ellen Cunliffe in the award winning  toilets at The Twelve Tellers in Church Street, Preston

TOP TOILETS: Ellen Cunliffe in the award winning toilets at The Twelve Tellers in Church Street, Preston

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When you want to spend a penny in between drinks at a Preston hostelry, you can bank on its conveniences being worthy of raising a glass to.

The Twelve Tellers in Church Street has been awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors from the Loo of the Year Awards,˗the highest rating possible.

TOP TOILETS: Ellen Cunliffe in the award winning  toilets at The Twelve Tellers in Church Street, Preston

TOP TOILETS: Ellen Cunliffe in the award winning toilets at The Twelve Tellers in Church Street, Preston

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.”

TOP TOILETS: Ellen Cunliffe in the award winning  toilets at The Twelve Tellers in Church Street, Preston

TOP TOILETS: Ellen Cunliffe in the award winning toilets at The Twelve Tellers in Church Street, Preston

Criteria includes décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment and overall management.

The Twelve Tellers, a Wetherspoon pub, has been converted from the former TSB bank and is managed by Darran Jacklin.

Darran said: “I am 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 Year Awards 2015 managing director, Mike Bone, said: “The toilets at The Twelve Tellers 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.”

The Green Ayre in North Road, Lancaster, The Auctioneer in Lytham Road, Blackpool, The Velvet Coaster in New South Promenade, Blackpool, and The Poulton Elk in Hardhorn Road, Poulton le Fylde have each been 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.

The main Loo of the Year awards will be presented in Solihull in December.