Staff at a High Wycombe pub have been left flushed with pride after their “exceptional” toilets earned them a prestigious award.

The Falcon at The Cornmarket in the town centre has been given a platinum rating for its lavatories by inspectors as part of the Loo of the Year Awards 2018 – the highest award possible.

Loo of the Year Awards inspectors made unannounced visits to thousands of toilets at sites across the UK and found some were far from bog standard.

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

All of the toilets are graded from bronze to platinum with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.

The platinum rating is given only to outlets which offer "exceptional toilets".

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

The Falcon, a Wetherspoon pub, is managed by Sean O'Farrell, who said: “We are delighted with the award. Staff at the pub ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors."

The Loo of the Year Awards 2018 managing director, Mike Bone, said: "The toilets at The Falcon 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."