A DOVERCOURT pub has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets in the Loo of the Year Awards 2023.

The Bottle Kiln in Kingsway has been awarded a platinum plus rating by inspectors.

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.

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Interior - Toilet facilities at The Bottle KilnInterior - Toilet facilities at The Bottle Kiln (Image: Gillian Evans)

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.

The Bottle Kiln, a Wetherspoon pub, is managed by Dagan Bolton.

Dagan 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."

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Winning - The Bottle KilnWinning - The Bottle Kiln (Image: Gillian Evans)

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

"The pub deserves its platinum plus award."