Caffeine and Machine - Part two.

Words: Daniel Allard | Photography: Scott Paterson

A few months back we travelled to see a different type of build to what we normally cover but we promise you that this will be and is as equally as exciting. After our first visit to meet Phil earlier on in the year and seeing the Caffeine & Machine project in the flesh, we were riddled with excitement and left the site eager to see the finished project. Given even the slightest opportunity, we quickly ventured back to Caffeine and Machine to check on their progress to see what other surprises were in store.

Upon arrival we discovered the scaffolding was off and what was a derelict building sliding into the road was now a fresh, bright, white hub that automotive enthusiasts alike will call their second home. Wandering around the site it was impressive to witness the progress and standard of work that had been made to the once neglected building. The bar was in and it looked awesome, on top of that, the rooms are starting to near completion, which means Phil and his family are beginning to enjoy the fruits of their labour but it is still a fair distance to the finish line.

With a site as big as this there are plenty of outbuildings to develop and convert, there's also a good deal of landscaping to do. On our last visit we were told that one of the outbuildings is going to be used for tracking and alignment and it was great to see work had started on that building.

We expect that by now (October 18) progress has once again been made. We expect the roof will be on, the doors to be hung and String Theory, run by Ben Broke Smith, would have started to welcome it's first few cars through it's doors. The concept is great, have your car looked over by one of the best in the field and whilst you wait, you can have a walk round to enjoy some decent grub, a coffee, a beer or maybe purchase some RollHard gear from the shop?


With such a big project at hand it's easy to forget the smaller details. Having your own bar would be nice opportunity to be able to pull a pint of your own brewed beer right? C&M have that covered, maybe RollHard should have their own beer too....?

Phil has thought of everything, even down to the most minute of details. His enthusiasm to produce the finest of hotels isn't just reflected in the high quality finish of the rooms, no, his devotion to detail can even be found when you pick up the keys to your hotel room, which are in the form of iconic silhouette car key rings - wait until you see them! The art work has been hand picked across the hotel from the finest of artists and photographers we are excited to see how these will be displayed across the soon to be tastefully decorated hotel. 

However, just because the doors will be open to the main building, this doesn't mean that Phil and family will be putting their feet up just yet. There is still plenty of smaller projects being worked on and the site will continue to develop.

With the weeks ticking away and the nights drawing in, we eagerly await for the opening date. One thing is for sure, you will see a lot more of RollHard at C&M.

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