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Brixton Prison opens restaurant with inmates for chefs

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The Clink at HMP Brixton

DINERS LOOKING for a less conventional place to eat can now book a table at Brixton Prison.

Restaurant goers will not, however, have to go behind bars to sample the culinary delights of the south London jail because the HMP Brixton has opened its own eatery to the public on the site of the former governor’s house.

Run by The Clink Charity, the restaurant named The Clink is the third of its kind to open at a UK prison, following ones operating at HMP Cardiff and HMP High Down in Surrey.

The charity’s aim is to help train prisoners with new skills before they are released from jail.

The Clink Charity’s chief executive Chris Moore said: “Everyone that works in The Clink has been through the prison service's security procedures and these men are nearing the end of their sentence.

"The sole aim of the charity is to reduce reoffending and we recruit prisoners throughout the prison and train them up over a period of six to 18 months to gain their City and Guilds qualifications in food service and food preparation.”

He added that the restaurant provides inmates with “valuable skills to get them back in society”.

The prices at The Clink offer diners value for money too, with a three-course meal costing about £21, according to Moore.

Prisoners are not permitted to eat inside the restaurant, where alcohol is also banned. Diners must fill out a security application form before eating there.

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