Welcome to The Jailhouse Cafe

We have 2 Jailhouse Cafes which are run by prisoners on day release and give the men real work placements and training to prepare them for release.

Jailhouse Café The Verne, on Portland, is fully open to the public and is managed by Expia CIC. It serves affordable café food and has wonderful views of the Jurassic Coast and Weymouth Bay. It is on the site of The Verne Citadel and by IRC The Verne. It is reached by going through the tunnel entrance to the Citadel. It was set up with HMP The Verne but following changes there it is now supported by HMP/YOI Portland.

Jailhouse Café Guys Marsh, near Shaftesbury, is only open to prison staff and visitors to the prison at present and is still run by the prison. Planning permission to open to the public is being applied for and when fully open it is expected to transfer to Expia CIC.


The Cafes operate by:

  • risk assessed prisoners on day release from HMP/YOI Portland and HMP Guys Marsh running the Cafes.
  • risk assessed prisoners maintaining the grounds and providing stewarding at events.
  • providing market garden produce and producing chutneys and jams.
  • hosting events for local community groups.