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Jailhouse Cafe

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The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, England
+44 1305 825186
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

you cannot beat the view from up here. well worth the visit and the quality of food was amazing. friendly and helpful staff too. such an unusual place to get to.

Thank Denise E
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The views from here are amazing and the food isn't bad either. Good, honest food, freshly cooked served with no frills. Part of a project to give work experience and training to young offenders. Some nice art work on the walls which changes regularly and is for sale. The Sunday roast is very good and they even do a veggie... More 

1 Thank Pauline A
Burnley, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We heard about this cafe some time ago - but this was our first chance to visit. What an enjoyable experience and (when the fog cleared!) fantastic views. The staff were so friendly and helpful, and we enjoyed our ham, egg and chips. The other dishes coming out of the kitchen looked absolutely delicious too. We will definitely be back!

1 Thank Anne Marie P
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

The old prison is used now as a detention centre. You can walk up the old stone track or drive up the winding road to the top and though the tunnel into the inner top section of the mountain which is about 250 m above sea level. The jail house café is run by inmates from the near by youth... More 

Thank Mark R
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I have visited on a number of occasions and have always found the food to be good quality and freshly cooked. The portion sizes are excellent and the service is always friendly. In good weather there are stunning views

1 Thank kathryn h
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Set in the grounds of Portland prison what a wonderful little cafe, reasonably priced food from sandwiches to lunches and cakes, ideal to visit on a clear day as the views across from Portland to isle of wight are amazing, there is also a few photographs and paintings on offer to make the visit worthwhile.

Thank ANDS2008
Taunton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Had a brilliant time. Such a wonderful idea with lovely views. Good when site seeing or maybe for those visiting loved ones.

Thank Francesca P
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is another place I have visited on several occasions and have never been disappointed at the standard of food served. The staff very welcoming and the dining area very clean and bright with very nice table decorations. There is a good selection of goodies to buy. On a clear day the views looking towards Weymouth are spectacular with the... More 

Thank darz42
carlisle England
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96 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

But well worth it for the view, tasty food, very reasonable, an interesting place i would visit more often if i didnt live 350 miles awat

Thank exglobalagent
Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Six of us (2x children) visited on a wet Monday right at the end of lunch service (14:00hrs). Despite being late the staff prepared six meals which were really hearty and very generous in size, no fuss or issues. The service is always great. We try and visit whenever we visit Portland, its such a great and unusual venue. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?