If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to enjoy a death row meal – you needn’t wonder too hard. Offering diners the opportunity to eat in the slammers, The Old Police Station in Retford utilises its long history to create a unique dining experience, and we have to say it’s the only time we actually like the thought of being incarcerated.
Tucked away off the high street, the former Police Station houses a number of old fashioned jail cells – two of which have been transformed into eccentric private dining rooms for guests to enjoy. Both cells retain their original brick and tiled walls, reinforced metal doors complete with spy holes to this day, so if you fancy having your own IRL Heartbeat moment, this is the place.
A beautiful, Victorian building boasting many original features – including its original 1890’s entrance with the words ‘Police Station’ adorned in stone – the property has been lovingly restored as a hotel and restaurant, with the owners playing on its past with plenty of little nods when renovating the premises.
Today, The Old Police Station is operated by a local husband and wife duo – who took over the former Police Station back in 2017 – who not only saw the potential in the space, but brought it to life again, too.
Inside the 30-seat restaurant, the former reception desk becomes a fully-stocked bar, which is home to everything needed to create a huge array of classic cocktails and more.
The original parquet flooring – which you’ll spy on the bar itself – has become a lovely feature, while the staff’s courtyard has been reimagined as a beer garden for the summer months.
In addition to those intricate details, eagle-eyed guests will also spot bobby hats, police blue finishings, artwork and more nodding to its previous life.
Thankfully, no ‘prison food’ graces the menu – as on theme as ‘slop’ would be – however, in its place, guests can expect fresh local produce, alongside regularly changing menus reflecting what’s in season at that time.
Think international classics that cater to all palates, with dishes such as sirloin steak, blackened cod, packed tacos, and even paella.
Upstairs, visitors can take advantage of the Four In A Bed-winning hotel, which boasts 12 bedrooms of different sizes – each decorated with contemporary finishings for a comfortable stay.
Overlooking the lovely Kings Park, it’s easy to see why the duo won the hearts of their fellow Four In A Bed contestants.
Fancy trying it out for yourself (no handcuffs necessary, we promise!)? Find out more here.