We Are Open
Nestled between Bourton-on-the-water & Chedworth in the valley of the River Leach, The Old Prison offers the most idyllic Cotswold setting for a spot of brunch. Serving a selection of tasty treats, artisan coffees, as well as a modern brunch menu like no other, you are sure to have a dining experience to remember in our quirky prison setting!
OUR Family-friendly courtyard allows you to unwind while basking in the views that this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is infamous for.
We use local suppliers wherever possible to provide the highest quality culinary delights as well as supporting local businesses.
A warm welcome awaits you, whether you are arriving by car, bus, on two wheels, foot or with your dog we look forward to inviting you into our Kitchen.
The premises is licensed and is also available to hire for your own private party or event.
While You Are Here
during your visit to our cafe you will have complementary access to the former house of correction owned by our partners, the friends of the cotswolds.
you will have the chance to explore...
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE PRISON CLICK HERE.
The Old Prison
Fosse Way | Northleach
Gloucestershire | GL54 3JH
Monday to Saturday 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Access: Wheelchair access to café, AND OUTDOOR GARDEN ( RESTRICTED ACCESS TO COURTROOM AND CELLS).
Baby changing/family room AVAILABLE..
Admission: Admission to the SITE is free
Charges may apply for events and workshops.
Group visits welcome but advance booking necessary.
The Friends of The Cotswolds
The Friends of the Cotswolds is a local charity with a mission to protect and enhance the region's unique environment, heritage, and culture. Having owned the Old Prison since 2013, the Friends fundraised to secure the building's future for locals and visitors alike. In 2018 works began to transform the site's structure with the old (and rather cold) glazed areas being replaced with warm, fit for purpose glazing. Crucial repair works to the Grade II* listed building were also undertaken as well as a brand new kitchen, servery and the addition of washrooms.
But the improvements to the Old Prison are not yet complete. The charity continues to invest in the heritage site, with a new raft of fundraising already underway to improve the museum interpretation throughout the site.
19th Century House of Correction
A visit to the Old Prison offers you a unique glimpse into life in a 19th century house of correction. Built in the 1790s, this was once a fine example of a model prison used to inspire better care and rehabilitation of prisoners throughout Britain and further afield. It even served as a blueprint for London’s Pentonville Prison.
Over the years the building has seen many changes of use including the addition of a police station, petty sessional court and tramp station. You can still see one of the original cell blocks built in 1844 along with the historic court room which was in use right up until the 1970s.
Admission to the Old Prison site is free.
Lloyd Baker, Rural Life Collection
Housed within the grounds of The Old Prison is the unique Lloyd Baker Rural Life Collection – a wonderful display of historic agricultural and farming machinery from the era of ‘horse power.’
assembled by Miss Olive Lloyd-Baker at her family home at Hardwick Court, this fascinating and nationally important personal collection of farm wagons, carts and implements along with two shepherds huts, will take you back in time to the days when the land was toiled by man and beast and tractors hadn’t yet been invented. At the heart of the collection are 23 farm wagons and carts, with regional and national significance as locally-distinctive examples.
Upon Olive’s death in 1975 the ownership of the “Lloyd-Baker Collection” was transferred to Cotswold District Council. Since the 1980’s further additions to the collection have been made by generous donations from local people. The Friends of the Cotswolds houses the collection on behalf of the of Council and ensures that it is available for the public to see.