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Swanley drinker describes pub toilets as worst he has been in
A SWANLEY pub-goer has kicked up a stink about the state of the toilets in his local.
Drinker Rob Farrar, of Walnut Way, says the facilities at the Lullingstone Castle in Swanley High Street, are the "worst he has ever been in."
The former pub landlord describes the gents as filthy and smelly and says the one cubicle toilet does not flush.
The 55-year-old, who drinks in the pub once or twice a week, told News Shopper: "On a scale of one to 10 the toilets are a 0.8.
"There is one toilet in there that doesn’t have a lock on it and very rarely is there a toilet seat.
"There is water all the way up the walls that leaks from somewhere onto the floor and it makes them slippery.
"It doesn’t matter whether it is wee or just water, you just don’t want to be slipping over."
Fellow drinker Ron Lewis, aged 44, says he was barred from the pub on October 16 after he refused to use the disgusting gents’ toilets and instead went to the ladies.
The former railway enforcement officer explained: "I went to the bar and said there’s no toilet paper and then asked if they could at least get some air freshener.
"I then suggested perhaps I could prop the door open so I can use it in a bit.
"The barmaid said no as she can’t stand the smell. I then just went in the ladies as there was hardly anyone in the pub."
Mr Lewis claims he was then barred from the pub for using the ladies.
The Rowan Road homeowner explained how he fell over in the toilets on New Year’s Eve due to the water on the floor.
He said: "Someone slapped me on the back in the toilet and said happy New Year.
"We both fell over as it was so wet and I hurt my elbow. The floor was soaking wet."
A spokeswoman for Greene King, who owns the pub, said: "“We’re sorry anyone has had cause to complain about the facilities at Lullingstone Castle.
“The toilets were completely refurbished last year and our staff regularly check them to ensure they are clean and well-maintained.
“Due to a problem with the ventilation which has now been fixed, recently some of the stainless steel used in the toilets developed rust.
“Work to replace all the rust-affected toilets is scheduled to happen very soon and we’re confident they will be back to our usual high standard.”