Clink at Brixton Prison

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The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton 2016
The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton 2016

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
Address: HMP Brixton
Jebb Avenue
Opening hours: Meal sittings Mon-Fri noon and 1pm
Transport: Tube: Brixton, bus 45, 109
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My housemate and I saw a program on this restaurant and were so fascinated that we signed up to book a spot. I think it's such a great concept. We were quite nervous before going in because there are a lot of restrictions and we weren't sure how to interact with the inmates which was silly because they are just people. We had a lovely experience, the food was incredible, the decor was very tasteful and you didn't feel like you were in a prison, apart from the plastic cutlery. All of the staff were so warm, welcoming and friendly, we loved chatting to our waiter, it was heartwarming to hear how his experience with Clink Charity was helping him and what he was going to do with the qualification when he gets released. I'm really happy we got to go and see what it was all about and we will definitely be going back. 


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.