A toilet enthusiast has set out to find the perfect public rest room and has been reviewing them on a hilarious social media page.
Katie Lewis set up the Instagram account @KatieOnTheLoo and created a ‘lavatory leader board’, listing the best toilets in order.
She ranks each site based on the availability of sanitary products, loo roll provision, space and decor – all factors which she believes account for overall quality and experience.
Katie, from the Channel Island of Guernsey, hopes that rating the toilets will encourage some friendly competition – and that providers will try to improve their loos.
And she said she plans to get round as many as she can to give an overall verdict on the best and worst facilities the island has to offer.
She said: “It’s all a bit of fun, but my friends and I do believe this can make a big difference to your overall evening.
“No one wants to find a dirty bathroom and it’s a game-changer when places provide sanitary products if you don’t bring enough by mistake or realise you need some unexpectedly.
“For many women, this can be the difference between staying out and having fun with friends and a few more drinks, or heading home feeling stressed.”
Katie rates each toilet based on a strict set of criteria, and scores each restroom on a scale of 1 – 10.
The top scorer on Katie’s page so far is Christies Brasserie Guernsey, which achieved a 7.2 out of 10, with a 9/10 for cleanliness, but just a 3/10 for sanitary products.
In the review, Katie wrote: “Christies shoots to the top of the leaderboard! Everyone loves the toilets at Christies, they’re clean, spacious, nicely decorated and have a brilliant mirror.
“They’ve been given an extra point for sanitary products as, even though they’ve only got the bin in the cubicle, they have provided sanitary products in the past – here’s hoping they start doing it again.”
And the worst review, with a poor 4.8 out of 10, goes to The Prince of Wales which scored 1/10 for cleanliness and 2/10 for decor.
The review reads: “These loos were so disappointing that they deserved a separate post to Beer Garden.
“As shown by our beautiful model, the toilet was in an absolute state; the toilet seat was missing, and there was a cracked tile as well.
“The overall score is only improved by the 10/10 scores for space and spare loo roll as these are the perfect toilets for a catch up & they have a great stash of toilet roll under the sinks.”
Katie added: “I give places an automatic two if they have a bin in the cubicle as they should include one as an absolute minimum in my opinion – I’m shocked that some places don’t have one.
“I think the other criteria vary, but I try and keep consistent across the board.
“Atmosphere is definitely important, but I wouldn’t mind an outdated toilet with sanitary products as opposed to a fancy new one without.
“I think the sanitary products are the most important part to me and the other criteria is just an extra thing to rate that might make some businesses think about updating decor or cleaning more if required.”
Katie established the page on Saturday, January 2, and already she’s built up more than 100 followers.