We’ve been for a family day out to Bodmin Jail before, which the boys really enjoyed. I write for the Bodmin Jail blog and so was invited recently to have a look around at some of the changes they’ve been making.
As soon as I parked up, I could already see changes that had been made. There is much more space to sit outside and enjoy your lunch on a selection of picnic tables in the sun for a start. It looked like a real sun trap when I was there. I would have taken some photos, however there were a lot of people taking advantage of the seats at the time.
When I go for my next update visit, I will show you how it looks outside now. They are going to be making more changes, so I’ll look forward to having another excuse to go back there. Considering the nature of what the buildings were used for, they really are actually rather beautiful.
The gift shop at Bodmin Jail used to be in a large room to the side outside of the jail, which I did find strange the first time I had visited. It was quite easy to miss.
Now though it is in the main building and has had a total overhaul. All new stock, new branding and it just looks so much better.
For those of you who have been there before, to visualise it – it is now next to the bar on the right as you come in. Bodmin Jail have plans to change how you enter the jail and more in the not too distant future. I can’t wait to see how it all looks when it is finished as my sneaky behind the scenes peek recently showed me it has the potential to have a real wow factor.
My visit to the jail was to not only catch up with the lovely manager Brock, but also to interview the resident paranormal expert there Mark Rablin who runs the After Dark experiences. I did this over lunch, which we ate in the Governor’s Hall. My interview with Mark will be going live on the Bodmin Jail blog soon.
The Governor’s Hall has recently been re-branded and is upstairs in the jail. It’s a very atmospheric place to eat and spend some time. It manages to be elegant, a bit gothic and somehow cosy all at the same time. You can eat lunch or dinner in the Hall now!
This is where they hold their live music evenings as well, most of which are free entry and open to all ages, so you won’t need a babysitter. If you pop to the Bodmin Jail Events page, you can see what they have coming up, it includes Josh Curnow who I loved on Britain’s Got Talent.
I was vaguely good and resisted the lure of chips whilst at the jail, which was almost regretted when Mark’s burger arrived. It smelled incredible, but I have to say my ham ploughman was delicious with really fresh bread. There is a lot of choice on the menu and also a specials board to check out as well.
It’s great that the kitchen is pretty open so you can see them cooking your food. The nosy side of me likes when it’s laid out like this. I was almost hoping for a bit of Gordon Ramsey style swearing and drama, but sadly they were all professional and friendly ;)
I am definitely intending to go back for lunch again soon, I have heard that their Sunday roast is fantastic. I’ll look forward to telling you all about the next lot of changes as they happen.
Any excuse to go back for another lunch and a mooch around ;)