A WINCHESTER pub has won a national award for the quality and standards of its toilets.

The Loo of the Year Awards 2017 have given The Old Gaolhouse in Jewry Street a platinum star rating – the highest accolade.

Awards organisers say the platinum rating is only given to establishments with “exceptional toilets”.

Hannah Barrett, pub manager, said: “We are delighted. Staff at the pub ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all time and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”

Inspectors visit thousands of toilets unannounced to judge the washroom standards across the UK. The awards are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year with aims to improve ‘away from home’ toilet standards.

The toilets are judged against strict criteria which assesses the décor and maintenance as well as the equipment and overall management of the facilities.

Awards managing director, Mike Bone, added: “The toilets at The Old Gaolhouse 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.”