A County Durham pub has won the accolade for having one of the best toilets in the UK.

The Horse Shoe Inn in Church Street, Crook, has been awarded a platinum rating by inspectors of the Loo of the Year Awards 2023 for the quality and standard of its facilities. 

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

The Northern Echo: The Horse Shoe Inn at CrookThe Horse Shoe Inn at Crook (Image: WETHERSPOONS)

Loo of the Year Awards inspectors made 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, platinum plus or diamond with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.

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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The Horse Shoe Inn, a Wetherspoon pub, is managed by Michael Gittins.

Mr Gittins 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 Loo of the Year Awards 2023 managing director, Becky Wall, said: "The toilets at The Horse Shoe Inn have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

"The pub deserves its platinum award."