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PANTASTIC! Lodge scoops platinum star for top toilets.

Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY Staff Reporter mike.lockley@trinitymirror.com

T'S the bottom line in luxury.

INo wonder staff at a Staffordshire boozer are flushed with success.

Because its toilets have been toasted among the best in Britain.

Hednesford's Hedgeford Lodge is now included on the loo roll of honour after it was handed a platinum star rating by inspectors.

Loo of the Year judges descended on the Wetherspoon pub and were knocked out by the pristine porcelain.

Only a handful of public toilets attain platinum status, given to only the most wondrous WCs.

The select superloos have to score top marks in numerous criteria, including decor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment, and overall management. Colin Lovell, Mine Host at The Lodge, said he's over the moon with the Oscar.

"I am delighted with the award," he told the Sunday Mercury. "Staff at the pub ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times.

"Is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors." Loo of the Year Awards organiser Mike Bone, said: "The toilets at The Hedgeford Lodge 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."

"All the Wetherspoon toilets tend to be a cut above," said a spokesman for the chain. "They are big and well-maintained."

where mike.Letters, " Staff are now pondering over where to place the certificate.

If it's going to hang inside the loos, best make sure the paper's framed, lads.

The Lodge may have a loo to be proud of, but the best place in Britain to spend a penny is undoubtedly Oxford.

The city of dreaming spires, famed for its eye-catching university skyline and which attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year, has been publicly applauded for its dazzling public toilets.

After PS600,000 of council investment saved the city's toilets from going down the pan, no fewer than 10 of their public facilities were handed the top accolade in this year's Loo of the Year Awards.

A spokesman for Oxford City Council said today: "It's official, Oxford now has some of the best public toilets in the country. Our residents can proudly say we live not only amongst the dreaming spires but also the gleaming latrines."

Where are the best loos YOU have ever visited? E-mail mike.lockley@trinitymirror.com or write to Sunday Mercury Letters, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham B24 9FF.

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