A Bicester pub has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets in an annual competition that judges the “best washroom away from home.”

After inspectors came unannounced to judge thousands of ‘away from home’ toilets on multiple criteria across the UK, The Penny Black in Sheep Street has been awarded a platinum rating in the Loo of the Year Awards.

All of the toilets are graded silver, gold, platinum, platinum plus or diamond with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.

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Manager of The Penny Black Jonny Gill said: "We are delighted with the award. Staff at the pub ensure the toilets are in excellent condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors."

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

The Loo of the Year Awards managing director, Becky Wall, said: "The toilets at The Penny Black have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

"The pub deserves its platinum award."

The awards are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of 'away from home' toilet provision across the UK.

The Awards are owned and run independently and since their introduction in 1987 the annual Loo of the Year Awards competition has strived to focus the spotlight on recognising and rewarding the very best washrooms throughout the UK and Ireland.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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