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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%
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“baguette” (19 reviews)
“soup” (6 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 21 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
Reviewed 15 August 2017 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 11 August 2017

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 11 August 2017

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 6 August 2017 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
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Questions & Answers
5 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
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
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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