Clink at Brixton Prison

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The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton 2016
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Escaping from prison is hard, sure – but who would have thought it was so hard to get in? The Clink Charity has now opened up HMP Brixton to selected visitors for lunch. Lags are taught catering skills, and real diners (ie you and me) get to try the menu out. The catch is that to gain a booking, you need to email your details (including your profession – we were tempted to put ‘locksmith’) and wait for vetting and approval – then you get the chance of a meal sitting at noon or 1pm, Monday to Friday. But do they do porridge? We’ll need to get in first to find out. The restaurant is now opened.

Venue name: Clink at Brixton Prison
Contact:
Address: HMP Brixton
Jebb Avenue
London
SW2 5XF
Opening hours: Meal sittings Mon-Fri noon and 1pm
Transport: Tube: Brixton, bus 45, 109
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Georgie
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This is an intriguing restaurant. They don't accept card (at least they didn't on my visit) and as expected you have to go through a very stringent security process to even get a reservation let alone in to dine. Once you're in, the menu isn't overly complex, with a selection of some very nice, well perfected dishes. It's cheaper than your average 3 course meal and obviously the main "attraction" is that you are being served and cooked for by convicts who are being trained in the hospitality industry ready for their release. don't ask your server what he's in for - that makes it awkward, but certainly chat to them about the programme and how they feel it's going.