There’s a new American motel and diner near town, – not the seedy kind you see in road movies – where you can sip Espresso Martinis and sleep on Egyptian cotton sheets.
As of this month commuters around the Oxfordshire area can now benefit from a swanky pit stop just off of the A420.
Inspired by the classic American diner, Mollie’s is a motel, diner and drive-thru from Nick Jones, founder and CEO of Soho House, the first in a series of openings coming to the roadside and city centres across the UK.
Mollie’s Motel features seventy-nine bedrooms (including interconnected family and bunk rooms) by Soho House Design, with style and comfort in mind. All have king-size beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, high-pressure rainforest showers and Cowshed products in the bathrooms.
Nick Jones said: "It’s been a long-standing passion project of mine to have a go at reinventing the British roadside experience. From opening Cafe Boheme in 1992, to Babington and Soho Farmhouse, I like looking at how we can change the way things are done and improve them for the customer, my aim with the first Mollie’s Motel and Diner is to offer affordable style for everyone to eat, drink and sleep over.
"I want this to be the blueprint for the future of Soho House; using technology to create an even more streamlined experience, from the moment you book right through to closing your door for the night."
In the general store, motel guests have tea and filter coffee on the house, a space to work or relax and access to Wi-Fi and charging points. A range of everyday essentials, from snacks to beauty and skincare are also available to buy.
Reservations can only be made through the Mollie’s app or website, driving more value to the customer. The app will also be used for guests to check-in and out, order food and unlock their rooms with keyless entry, and for diners to book tables and place takeaway orders.
Mollie’s Diner will serve American classics, with an all-day breakfast; eggs, avocado on toast, bacon, sausage and smoked salmon baps, as well as waffles and healthy grain bowls. For lunch and dinner, there are small bites; cheesy nachos, corn on the cob and a prawn cocktail, the Dirty Burger, free-range rotisserie chicken and mac & cheese, as well as a range of vegetarian and plant-based dishes including the Filthy burger, a vegan option with a beetroot bun.
There’s a classic cocktail menu, with the Mollie’s Mule, Espresso Martini, Eastern Standard, and Bloody Mary, as well as wine, beer, spirits, milkshakes, sodas, House Press juices and Origin coffee. A ‘Mini Mollie’s’ menu is available for children, and the drive-thru and takeaway counter offer a range of options on-the-go.
Mollie’s will offer affordable style, with a menu of diner classics, comfortable kind-size beds and mobile check-in, a new roadside experience for travellers and families on the move.
Address: Shrivenham Road, A420, Faringdon, SN7 8QU?
For further information visit www.molliesmotel.com