THREE pubs in Oxford have won the 'prestigious' Loo of the Year Award.

The Four Candles in George Street and The Swan & Castle on Castle Street, both on Oxford, as well as The William Morris on Pound Way, Cowley, have each been awarded a platinum rating by inspectors.

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

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There were seven JD Wetherspoon entries in the 2020 Loo of the Year Awards in Oxfordshire:

  • Swan & Castle, on Castle Street, Oxford
  • Four Candles, on George Street, Oxford
  • Narrows, on the High Street, Abingdon
  • Exchange, on the High Street, Banbury
  • Penny Black, on Sheep Street, Bicester
  • Company of Weavers, on Market Square, Witney
  • William Morris, on Towns Road, Cowley

The Swan & Castle manager, Christopher Harrigan, 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."

Loo of the Year Awards inspectors make unannounced visits to thousands of toilets at sites across the UK, in order to judge them.

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

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The Loo of the Year Awards 2020 managing director, Mike Bone, said: "The toilets at the three pubs have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

"The pubs richly deserve their platinum awards."

Due to Covid the 2020 award ceremony cannot be held this year.