Sunderland pub loos that are far from bog standard

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PUB boss Nik Chapman has joined the roll of honour for a second time.

Nik is celebrating after The Cooper Rose, in Albion Place, was acclaimed for the quality and standards of its toilets in the Loo of the Year Awards 2011.

The pub has been awarded a five-star rating by inspectors, the highest-possible rating.

“I’m very pleased,” said Nik.

“We got the award at my last pub, The Bishop’s Mill, in Durham, so I would have been in a bit of trouble if I hadn’t managed to get it again.”

The annual awards have a serious purpose – to highlight and improve standards of “away from home” toilet provision across the UK.

All of the inspected loos are graded from one star to the maximum five-star rating.

Authorised inspectors make unannounced visits to more than 1,500 WCs at sites across the UK.

They are judged against numerous criteria, including décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessible facilities, hygiene equipment and overall management and customer care.

Nik said: “Staff at The Cooper Rose work hard to ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times and it is great this has been recognised by the inspectors.”

Loo of the Year Awards managing director, Mike Bone, said the five-star rating was proof that the Cooper Rose was a top-class place to spend a penny.

“The toilets at The Cooper Rose are extremely good and the pub deserves its five-star rating,” he added.

National chain JD Wetherspoon spent £1.2million turning the old Blu Bambu nightclub in Albion Place into The Cooper Rose, which opened in February.

The company already runs The Lambton Worm pub just down the road in Low Row and The William Jameson, in Fawcett Street, but the new bar was branded as a Lloyds No 1, with DJs and a dance floor.

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