Go Directly To Jail, Eat Dinner
Wild mushrooms en croute, guinea fowl, quince jelly. The Clink restaurant at HMP High Down in Sutton, Surrey is a gourmet restaurant at the centre of a prison for 1,100 criminals where the prisoners themselves cook and serve food. The Clink is not on the outside of the prison, but bang in the middle of it. Guests have to go through security checks and alcohol is not on the menu, but otherwise it could pass as a smart restaurant in any British city.
It offers prisoners an opportunity to change, to gain experience of food preparation, food service and cleaning qualifications with the chance of a full-time job within the hospitality industry upon release. The Clink’s model is a bug success, and they hope to roll out others in prisons across the country.