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 Cafe Guys Marsh in Shaftesbury opened in March 2013 for staff and visitors to the prison. We are now delighted to say that we are also open to the public Monday to Friday, 10.00-3.00pm, serving hot lunches and snacks. Find us within the grounds of HMP Guys Marsh, close to Gold Hill, Dorset.


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.