FOUR Weatherspoon pubs have been praised for their squeaky clean toilets after winning a national award.

The Bright Helm in West Street, The Post and Telegraph in North Street and The West Quay in Brighton Marina Village, as well as The Cliftonville Inn in George Street, Hove, wiped the competition after being awarded a platinum rating by inspectors in the Loo of the Year Awards.

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

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 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.

The Post and Telegraph manager, Matthew Scott, 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 2021 managing director, Becky Wall, said: "The toilets at the four pubs have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

"The pubs deserve their platinum awards."