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The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, Portland, England
+44 1305 825186
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Jailhouse Cafe The Verne is on the site of the Verne Citadel and by HMP...
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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  • 66
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  • 27
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great cafe with terrific views

We called for coffee this morning on a marvellous sunny day with clear blue skies. This cafe must have one of the best views in the country stretching from beyond Lyme Regis down to Swanage. Friendly, efficient service and thoroughly recommended. Well worth the trip up to the top and through the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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English first
Portland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

I've been several times to this excellent venue but I took some friends today, only to be told that they wete no longer serving food. It was 14.45 and they stopped at 14.00 hours. 4 more people came in after us and were also turned away. We met several cars coming up the hill probably, like us, had seen the... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We called for coffee this morning on a marvellous sunny day with clear blue skies. This cafe must have one of the best views in the country stretching from beyond Lyme Regis down to Swanage. Friendly, efficient service and thoroughly recommended. Well worth the trip up to the top and through the front entrance of The Verne

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New Forest
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Visited on this sunny but windy morning.......used satnav to be sure and the end of the drive is up a twisty road to the summit where the prison stands. Fantastic views on the way up - if you are a passenger !! As it was 10.30 I only had a bacon & sausage baguette plus a pot of tea, all... More 

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Somerset, England
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10 reviews 10 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Lovely view, free parking, reasonable prices, serves all meals, cooked,cold, sandwiches & cakes all very good, inmates serve you all very pleasant

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Portland, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Cafe provides hot/cold meals & drinks, indoor & outdoor seating, disable friendly entrance, with a beautiful trip up the twisting, climbing, road to the Prison Cafe which has spectacular views, from the highest point on the Island. Recommend..

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Poole, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Great location overlooking Portland Harbour. Great for lunch, varied daily menu. I had roast lamb. Good service. No licence so only soft drinks.

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Visited today. Clean, popular and great views. Had loin steak special. Very good value. All staff very friendly and courteous. Many other places could learn about good customer service from these guys. Will certainly visit again. A little out of the way as one might expect! Worth the journey up the hill and what great views. Highly recommended. For a... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I was walking with a friend early March this year, visiting from Canada, and I was showing him places I had been may times before, and we stumbled upon this place, and WOW, steak and kidney pie was out of this world, the value for money was stunning, the service was fantastic. I will be returning!!! Thank you very much

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I loved this cafe. A fantastic view. The service was courteous and friendly. The cafe is clean and spacious. I can recommend the carrot cake, it was delicious. I look forward to becoming a regular patron of this wonderful establishment on future visits to Portland Bill.

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Dorset
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

There is a menu that is mainly snack based. The specials board gives lots more choices. The lads serving have been the best that we have known, even in top class restaurants. All in all, a place that we visit regularly. Long may it continue.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Community Learning Centre | HMP The Verne, Portland, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Portland  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 825186

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Description

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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