Restaurateurs and landlords who are particularly proud of their washroom facilities are being urged to nominate their toilets for the Loo of the Year Awards 2008.
Anyone from staff to visitors can nominate an establishment for their loo facilities, which will then be visited by an unannounced inspector.
The loos will receive a grading from 1-5 stars, and be judged on criteria including d»cor, fixtures and fittings, hygiene equipment, cleanliness, air quality, and direction signs. Even small touches like flowers will gain toilets a couple of extra points.
Entries receiving a four or five star grading will be considered for the national awards, one each for England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Categories include the best hotel, restaurant, pub and wine bar and nightclub facilities, as well as best baby changing facilities, accessible toilets and family friendly toilets.
Anyone who feels their place of work is worthy of such an award should get their entries in soon, as the closing date is the July 31. The unannounced judging will commence until September, with the National Awards Presentation Ceremony taking place in December.
Last years winners included the Big Blue Hotel in Blackpool, Trenchers restaurant in Whitby, and Oceana nightclub in Cardiff.
For more information and for entries, visit www.loo.co.uk.