Mollie’s Motel and Diner — Oxfordshire, UK
Branching off from its tried-and-tested formula, the Soho House group has hit the road with Mollie’s Motel and Diner, an Oxfordshire motel, diner and drive-thru conceived by Nick Jones in collaboration with Quentin Restaurants. In a reinvention of the British roadside experience – think Little Chef in its heyday – with a distinct 1950s American influence, Mollie’s is a stylish pitstop for drivers along the A420.
Home to 79 rooms, all with interiors by Soho House Design, accommodation here is contemporary, with comfort and convenience as a priority. The spaces all bear the signature characteristics of Soho House properties – plush, velvet upholstered armchairs, Cowshed amenities and chic, minimalistic lighting – in addition to much welcomed comforts like Egyptian cotton sheets and rainfall showers. An assortment of interconnecting family rooms, standard doubles and bunk rooms, dressed in pale mint green, panelled walls and pale wood flooring ensure this slice of Soho House is accessible to all.
But this is more than stopover. A general store on the ground floor is on-hand to replenish easily forgotten items and provides free wi-fi and areas to work – squint and you could easily be in a London co-working space. Lingering guests needn’t venture far for fuel for the road. Mollie’s Diner serves a medley of dirty burgers alongside rotisserie and house cocktails, while Mollie’s drive thru offers a similar menu. Perhaps this was your destination after all. §