The Soho House empire has expanded once again, this time not to a glamorous far-flung location but to the side of the A420 in Oxfordshire. In the past decade M&S and Waitrose have transformed motorway petrol stations, Jamie Oliver and Wagamama have popped up at the airport, so it suddenly seems obvious that roadside hotels would be next in line for an upgrade. Enter Soho House and Quentin Restaurants, who plan to open Mollie’s Motels across the UK, starting with the first in Buckland, Oxfordshire that has just opened.
As you might imagine, the Nick Jones take on a motel is a million miles from the Travelodge experience. Think king size beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, Cowshed products in the bathrooms and slick WiFi workspaces with tea and coffee on the house. Then there’s the Diner part where the menu includes cocktails – try a Mollie’s Mule or Espresso Martini – along with free range rotisserie chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese, and even a vegan beetroot burger. In the morning order a Flat White with your avocado on toast or healthy grain bowl. If you’re passing through there’s a drive-through and takeaway counter too, so you can stop off for anything from a House Press Juice to a proper meal to go.
Bookings are done via the Mollie’s app – which also allows guests to check-in and out, order food and unlock their rooms with keyless entry. Slick service, and all for the nifty price tag of £50 for a double room for the opening three months – or £75 from May 2019. Book now. Family rooms (bunks that sleep 4) are currently £75.