With its famous market and vibrant street food, Brixton is a well established haunt for foodies from across London. From pizzas to meatballs in monkey gland sauce, food and flavours from around the world tempt the taste buds.
But one charity is about to open a eatery that will be unfamiliar to even the most seasoned gourmet: a restaurant in a prison.
The Clink Charity has been given planning permission to turn the old governor’s house at Brixton prison, into a 100-seat high-quality diner. Prisoners will be trained to serve customers, learning invaluable skills to help them become employable once released.
Chris Moore, the chief executive of the charity, believes Brixton will cement the future for further Clink restaurants. “Brixton was the perfect site for our next restaurant. HMP (Her Majesty’s Prison) Brixton is undergoing regeneration and was looking for an organisation to work with to develop the building into an opportunity for rehabilitation.
“The central location lends itself to securing support from local businesses and the public, providing they are committed to The Clink’s vision and once the necessary security checks have been processed, providing real-life experience for those prisoners who make it through the selection process to join the programme.”
The charity already runs two other prison restaurants: HMP Cardiff in Wales and HMP High Down in Surrey. – Daily Mail