Soho House founder launches his new diner concept in Oxfordshire

Mollie’s Diner

The founder and CEO of the iconic Soho House brand, Nick Jones, has channelling his inner Crossroads Motel (remember the 1970s TV soap), to launch a brand new roadside motel concept.

Mollie’s Motel & Diner, part of Quentin Restaurants and Soho House & Co, opens its doors in Buckland, on the main road between Swindon and Oxford tomorrow. Inspired by the classic American diner, Mollie’s is a motel, diner and drive-thru, the first in a series of openings coming to the roadside and city centres across the UK.

But it’s rather more upmarket than Crossroads Motel. Mollie’s Motel features seventy-nine bedrooms by Soho House Design. All have king-size beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, high-pressure rainforest showers and Cowshed products in the bathrooms.

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. 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 cheesy nachos, corn on the cob and a prawn cocktail, the Dirty Burger, free-range rotisserie chicken and mac & cheese, as well as vegetarian  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.

Nick Jones says:‘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.”