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Jailhouse Cafe

The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, England
+44 1305 825186
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good34%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“baguette” (18 reviews)
“paninis” (5 reviews)
“cake” (10 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit before it closes end of June 2018. Staff are very accommodating and friendly.Highly recommend. All the locals don’t want it to disappear.

Thank susantabbitt
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Read about this on TripAdvisor and decided to pay a visit. I was not disappointed the food was tasty, plentiful and reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and views wonderful. Well worth a visit.

Thank Julie R
Reviewed 16 May 2018

You have to visit this cafe! Apart from wanting to support this establishment it was well worth a visit. The menu is a typical one, so no surprises there. The prices are reasonable and the views are stunning. We had coffee and cake. It’s quite...More

Thank SAK56
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Visited with the family. Good view. Limited menu and reasonable prices. Great social enterprise getting inmates work experience.

Thank BrummyMummy101
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Visited for breakfast on our way home from Portland as heard the views were great. Loved the concept behind the cafe too. Food and service was great. And the views over Weymouth didn’t disappoint, beautiful. Well worth a visit if you in Portland

Thank yoghurttops
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Not the easiest place to find next to the Verney Prison, don't be put off by this. Well worth the effort. It has breath taking views from the highest place on Portland. The food and service was excellent.

Thank beaujones
Reviewed 13 March 2018

The Jailhouse Cafe is a great idea for rehabilitating risk assessed prisoners / young offenders and has been doing so since 2011. Located at the top of Portland, through the HMP The Verne's tunnel, the cafe serves up excellent food and drink, along with local...More

Thank KevInSlade
Reviewed 2 February 2018

Come and enjoy a good lunch here from their daily menus. Freshly cooked, tasty and always enjoyable - plus the view is to die for!!! Don't miss this!!

Thank PeterMac29
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Great food and drink with good prices. Lovely warm welcome on a cold day. Fantastic views over to Weymouth.

Thank Gilly F
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

We went as a family and even took the dog. The breakfast was reasonably priced and delicious - we all had the cocked breakfast. The out chocolate is also great! We had a nice sunny day so we sat outside and enjoyed the amazing views.

Thank Exciting_El
Jailhouse C, Manager at Jailhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

We are so glad that you enjoyed the cooked breakfast and the outstanding views. We look forward to seeing you all again. If not before Christmas, then we wish you seasons greetings.

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Questions & Answers
30 November 2016|
Response from Jailhouse C | Property representative |
Brian, I most humbly apologise, this post was completely missed. In respect of your question the cafe is open on weekends, but closed on Mondays. We currently have suspended the specials due to various issues, but this is... More
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, View, Child-friendly, Kids
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
  • E-mail
Jailhouse Cafe The Verne is on the site of the Verne Citadel and by IRC 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 Tuesday to Sunday, with breakfast 10:00 to 11:00, hot lunches from 12:00 To 14:00 and light refreshments including coffee and cakes from 10:00 to 15:00. We also operate a cafe at HMP Guys Marsh, near Shaftesbury.
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