For today's Friday Flush we are visiting the toilets on the top floor of the Army and Navy department store in Exeter.
Time of visit: Monday 25th July 2011, 12.20pm. Weather conditions: Sunny and warm.
This is a thriving toileting facility within the heart of Exeter; it has a light, bright, congenial atmosphere conducive for a good toileting experience, although it is somewhat let down by the decor, which is drab, tatty and hints at mould growing on the window frames.
This facility is popular with ladies who lunch/shop/work/watch Coronation Street and like ice cream. The average age of users is between 12 and 76. This facility is also popular with women who like sandwiches and bakery products bought from the adjoining Army and Navy Cafeteria. Toileting is free although cakes cost extra.
Due to the popularity of this venue it was difficult for me to take photographs of the public area or the hand washing/drying facilities without drawing attention to myself. My furtive activities were further hindered by the janitor [a man], who was mopping the floor.
There were approximately six cubicles for private toileting. I am under 5ft and weigh 7 stone but I found the cubicle to be a little narrow.
As you can see from the above photograph this cubicle has been used by too many short women with pointy elbows who have caused the toilet roll dispenser to be displaced.
The lock on the door worked, but was less than attractive.
Unfortunately it took several attempts to flush this loo properly.
General Overview: I found these toileting facilities to be of a basic standard for the UK. Overall they were clean and smelt pleasant due to the abundance of aroma sticks artfully arranged in small vases by each sink. Water came out of the taps when operated, which was neither too hot, cold or warm. Soap was provided. The auto hand-dryer was adequate if a little antiquated and did not double up as a hair dryer. There was a wall mounted baby changing table which was dusty from lack of use.
Would I visit again? Yes, due its proximity to the Clinique and Estee Lauder beauty counters on the ground floor.
Overall score: 5/10 Basic facilities.