Ayr and Prestwick pubs have won acclaim for the quality and standards of their toilets – in the Loo of the Year Awards 2023.

The West Kirk in Ayr and the Prestwick Pioneer have been awarded a gold 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.

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

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

The West Kirk, a Wetherspoon pub, is managed by Amy Mollison, while The Prestwick Pioneer is managed by Euan Scott.

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

"The pub deserves its gold award."