Mollie’s Motel & Diner
Soho House & Co has opened the first of what is expected to become a nationwide group of 1950s American-inspired budget motels, on the A420 at Buckland, Oxfordshire.
The 79 bedrooms, which include interconnected family and bunk rooms, have been created by the in-house Soho House design team and feature kingsize beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and rainforest showers, as well as Cowshed shampoo, conditioner, handwash and moisturiser.
A general store serves free tea and filter coffee to guests and offers a space to work or relax as well as access to WiFi and charging points.
Mollie’s Diner serves American classics, including an all-day breakfast, avocado on toast, smoked salmon baps, waffles and healthy grain bowls. At lunch and dinner the menu ranges from cheesy nachos to corn on the cob, prawn cocktail, rotisserie chicken and mac and cheese, as well as a range of vegetarian dishes, including the ‘filthy burger’, featuring a beetroot bun.
Further sites have been earmarked for city centre locations in Manchester and Bristol.
Opened 30 January
Director Simon Bradford
Beer + Burger Store
Beer + Burger store has opened its third burger bar, tap room and bottle shop in London’s King’s Cross. The site serves American-inspired burgers and sides and will host a monthly bottle club, led by a resident beer expert, showcasing four rare bottled beers from around the world.
Founders Jonathan and Andy Perritt
Typical dishes A monthly ‘guest burger’; chicken wings; mac balls; and deep-fried jalapeños
Deer Park Barn, Burley Manor
The four-AA-star Burley Manor in the New Forest in Hampshire has opened a new meetings and event space, Deer Park Barn, to host large-scale events such as conferences and overnight corporate stays, complementing its adjoining Barn event space. The two spaces can also be hired together.
Clayton Hotel City of London
Dalata Hotel Group, the largest hotel group in Ireland, has opened its latest Clayton-branded hotel in the City of London, its eighth in the UK and third in the capital, joining hotels in Chiswick and Cricklewood. The hotel has a Grill restaurant, a bar and an onsite fitness suite.
General manager James Feeney
The Edinburgh Grand apartment complex has opened an art deco-inspired bar, Lady Libertine. It is the second venue operated by the Bon Vivant Group at the property, joining the Register Club cocktail bar. The bar features live music and serves a menu with Persian, North African and Mediterranean influences.
General manager Gavin MacLennan
Operator Lateral City Apartments
Mezemiso has opened on the 15th floor of the Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment, offering Japanese and Lebanese fusion cuisine. As well as showcasing sashimi, nigri and maki, a signature dish is a salt ‘shell’, which is broken to reveal a portion of seabass.
Executive chef Madlene El Saikali
Head sushi chef Victor Klomu
Typical dishes Rice-filled vine leaves with lamb cutlet; shish barak rib-eye and scallop uramaki
We Are Vegan Everything
The duo behind vegan bakery Cupcakes and Shhht have opened a café, We Are Vegan Everything (Wave), in London’s Hackney, serving ‘freakshakes’, kombucha on tap, superfood lattes, blue spirulina smoothie bowls and freshly baked vegan goods.
Founders Caitlyn Badham-Thornhill and Sophie Beale
Typical dishes Coronation cauliflower toasties; vegan ‘smoked salmon and cream cheese’ bagels