The Clink Charity operates the Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down, HMP Cardiff and HMP Brixton in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison Service. The Clink Charity plans to open 10 more restaurants by 2017.
HMP Brixton opened in February. The breakfast/lunch restaurant serves locally grown dishes like herb-crusted pork chops w/ wild mushroom and artichoke lasagna to around 100 diners a day. Upscale cuisine, cooked by inmates, eaten with plastic cutlery.
Locally grown and sourced ingredients are used whenever possible. The meats at Brixton Prison come from a local butcher, for example, while High Downs Prison supplies many of the vegetables used in the project from its own farm.
Prisoners at High Down also get to apply to work toward an NVQ in Horticulture and Gardening. Dishes are contemporary and European in provenance, and the menu changes every quarter or for special events.