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Jailhouse Cafe

The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, England
+44 1305 825186
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good33%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“baguette” (17 reviews)
“paninis” (5 reviews)
“soup” (6 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed a light lunch of brie, bacon and cranberry paninis with homemade coleslaw a small side salad and real chips!! The view is fantastic looking out and down over Portland Harbour. If you ahve never been before that first forray through the Citadel (Prison) gateway...More

Thank ChurchtownCoops
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The views are lovely here and the service here is amazing. The selection of food is good, although it is missing some scones - I would have loved one of these! The prices are ok although the chips, cheese and beans weren't great for £3.50,...More

Thank jennycosens
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Jailhouse Cafe serves fantastic savoury lunches and also has scrumptious cakes to attract. Service is excellent and very friendly staff. You can sit inside or out on a beautiful day. The views are superb. If there is a group of you it is advisable...More

Thank chrissieb94
Reviewed 1 week ago

On holiday in Dorset this unusual placed cafe was recommended Customers are served by young offenders on a day release scheme we understand. Open for coffees and lunches until 3 pm except Mondays. Good selection of food and pleasant staff. The views from the outside...More

Thank Janice B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Let's not beat aboutvthe Bush here its an interesting drive to the cafe and the enterence is imposing but do not forget it is on a prison site. Do not be put off by this keep going its worth the trip. The food is good...More

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can't beat the views over Portland/Weymouth, especially in nice weather and the food is really lovely too. Only ever been for breakfast, but always been tasty & great value for money.

Thank Claire B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was good. Outlook good. Fish did not live up to expectation. Still good though. Will certainly be going again. What a brilliant cause.

Thank skidder01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just stumbled on this by chance while spending a rainy morning on Portland. Happy to recommend this little gem run by Prison staff, volunteers and trustees. Warm welcome, happy service and a great cause. we will be back !

1  Thank John West W
Jailhouse C, Trustee at Jailhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your kind words and support. We will be glad to see you again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not gonna lie, went there because we were curious. We thought it will be a lot worse. The guys and girl working there were kind and polite and helpful, better service than we received before in a casual cafe! Food was lovely, tasty and well...More

Thank Eva G
Jailhouse C, Trustee at Jailhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Eva, thank you for your kind words and your support. We do aim to provide an enjoyable experience in food and service, and sometimes the weather allows great views over Weymouth bay.

Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

A simple cafe but with the added bonus of a beautiful view. The food here is really nice, baguettes are a favourite. There is plenty of seating inside and out. It's really worth a visit.

Thank MaryAnnDorset
Jailhouse C, Trustee at Jailhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for you kind words. We endeavour to make a visit an enjoyable one. Jailhouse Team

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4 July 2016|
Response from Victoria G | Reviewed this property |
I expect that dogs are allowed in the outside area beside the picnic tables, but perhaps try to contact the cafe.
Barry Christine R
4 April 2016|
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Response from nickk355 | Reviewed this property |
10.00rs ----15.00hrs
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Portland
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 825186
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Jailhouse Cafe The Verne is on the site of the Verne Citadel and by HMP The Verne.It is reached through the tunnel entrance to the Citadel. There are panoramic views of Weymouth Bay and the Jurassic Coast.Prisoners on day release run the cafe which provides them with training and work placements.We serve affordable cafe food Monday to Friday with breakfast 9.30Am to 11.00Am, hot lunches from 12.00 To 2.00Pm and light refreshments including coffee and cakes from 9.30Am to 3.00 Pm.
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