A Galashiels pub has brushed aside its rivals, winning acclaim for the quality and standard of its toilets in the Loo of the Year Awards 2015.
And this was no bog-standard prize ... Hunters Hall, the J.D. Wetherspoons pub in the town’s High St, was awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors – the highest award possible in the in the UK-wide competition.
It will possibly raise a titter amongst other Borders towns, especially to those who call people from Galashiels ‘Pailmerks’ – a mostly goodhearted reference to the town being the last in the area to be plumbed into the water mains.
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”.
The toilets are judged against numerous criteria, including décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand-washing and drying equipment and overall management.
Hunters Hall is managed by Susan English.
Susan 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 Hunters Hall 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.”