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The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton opens for Sunday lunch behind bars
The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton is opening its doors for Sunday lunch and Thursday dinner service for the first time ever as it looks to expand its celebrated fine-dining experience in response to demand from London foodies.
One of the UK’s most unique venues, The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton currently ranks #4 of 17,928 London restaurants on TripAdvisor. The extended hours will enable The Clink to provide a wider breadth of training for prisoners as they gain hands-on experience with evening and weekend service, which is often more formal than weekday breakfast and lunch.
Since opening in February 2014, as the third restaurant operated by The Clink Charity, The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton has been creating classic European dishes with a modern British twist using fresh and locally sourced produce. Ingredients featured on the seasonal menus are often sourced from The Clink Gardens at HMP Send in Surrey where women prisoners are training towards NVQ qualifications in horticulture as part of the charity’s extended prisoner training programme.
Visitors to the restaurant will now be able to enjoy the restaurant’s highly acclaimed food on the last Thursday of each month from June through to November 2017 offering a gourmet four-course a la carte menu with a welcome mocktail on arrival for just £39.95.
The award-winning restaurant has also announced it will offer a Sunday lunch menu, with sittings taking place on 14 May and 21 May. Guests can enjoy a traditional three-course menu at just £29.95, with all proceeds being reinvested back into the charity to continue expanding its prisoner training scheme across Her Majesty’s Prison Estate.
The London restaurant provides up to 30 prisoners full-time work in a true-to-life professional restaurant and kitchen environment with trainees also studying towards gaining nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQs in food preparation and food service before returning to their cells at the end of their working day. Each diner who visits The Clink Restaurant is helping to simulate a realistic working environment that is essential for the continued development of the prisoners in training, as they prepare for employment upon their release from prison as part of their reintegration back into society.
Restaurant opening hours:
- Breakfast – Monday to Friday, 8:15am to 10:30am
- Lunch – Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
- Afternoon Tea – Monday to Friday, 2pm and 4pm
- Gourmet Dinner – 29 June, 27 July, 31 August, 28 September, 26 October, 30 November, 7 December, 6pm to 9pm
- Sunday Lunch – 14 May and 21 May, 12pm to 3pm
To book a table at The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton visit www.theclinkcharity.org.
All visitors must book at least 72 hours prior to arrival due to the rules and security procedures attached to the unique venue.
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