Roadhouse.

No, not the appalling film starring the dead dude from ‘Dirty Dancing‘. Elsewhere in this website there is a brochure for the long-gone motel on the Great North Road at Boroughbridge. The facilities there might have made that qualify as a ‘roadhouse’, but according to a concise history on the Herts Memories website –

www.hertsmemories.org.uk/page_id__6706.aspx?path=0p2p116p

– The Clock Hotel was the first roadhouse proper, opening in 1929. It all looks appallingly middle class, and not somewhere that Grav would have frequented back in the day – the taproom in the Whippet and Thumbscrew is more his scene: no jukebox, no wimmin, no smiling.

The Clock