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Jailhouse Cafe

The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, England
+44 1305 825186
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good34%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baguette” (19 reviews)
“cake” (11 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lunch here on a very wet day in the summer, lunch menu was standard sort of stuff but food was very tasty

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been meaning to come here for a while now I was not disappointed good basic food hot wholesome meals and very reasonable priced the day we went it was very misty so could not appreciate the view but we will be back well worth a...More

Thank ajlamley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on Portland for other reasons, and thought we’d try the Jailhouse Cafe for a light lunch. We were really glad we did. The road to it is interesting in its own right (use postcode DT5 1EQ for satnav) – very steep, lots of...More

1  Thank E-EMCEE2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was recommended to us, as although we are regular visitors to Portland Bill we had never been aware of the Jailhouse Cafe's existence. Driving through the imposing Prison entrance, you get a feel of how things were when the Verne was an operational detention...More

Thank Christine W
Jailhouse C, Jailhouse Team at Jailhouse Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

A great big thank you for the time taken to write such a wonderful review. Thank you very much for your support.

Reviewed 3 September 2017

Very nice little café with lovely views over the bay towards Weymouth and beyond. There is plenty of choice. We had baguettes which were very fresh and came with a generous portion of salad. There is also a selection of homemade chutney and artwork for...More

Thank Carl B
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for drinks and snacks. Clean and friendly staff. Some of the food I felt was a little over priced for the portion size. We ordered some chips and seem to remember them being pricey for the portion we received in fact everyone...More

Thank Oldrosie1
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit - great views of Portland Harbour, Weymouth and distant coastline. Plenty of tables outside if the weather allows and great friendly service from the cafe. Breakfast menu looked good and some good options for lunch (specials/sandwiches/panini etc) + some great homemade...More

1  Thank Mark W
Reviewed 23 August 2017

The Cafe was clean, spacious & had a lovely relaxed atmosphere with one wall doubling up as an art gallery showing an interesting selection of paintings. The service was very good, staff polite & interested & the food was very good basic cafe food. We...More

Thank Catherine B
Reviewed 20 August 2017

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 18 August 2017 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
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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, View, Child-friendly
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 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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