Brixton Prison Launches Takeaway meal delivery

If you were ordering a takeaway meal, you might not expect a prison to offer its services.


But Brixton prison in south London is cooking, selling and delivering takeaway meals.


The intention is to keep its training restaurant functioning during the pandemic.
The prison has a professional-standard restaurant, the Clink, which teaches culinary skills to prisoners – to help them get jobs when they are released.


But Brixton prison in south London is cooking, selling and delivering takeaway meals.


The prison has a professional-standard restaurant, the Clink, which teaches culinary skills to prisoners – to help them get jobs when they are released.


But the Covid-19 pandemic has stopped guests coming inside the prison to eat at the restaurant – and its closure took away the inmates’ training.
So the restaurant has turned to sell take-aways – clink@home – with meals brought to customers in the prison project’s delivery van.

The purpose of the restaurant project is to provide job skills to cut reoffending rates.
Chris Moore, chief executive of the Clink charity, says switching to the takeaway service allows inmates to keep training for catering qualifications.


Customers in a five-mile radius can order a meal online, which will be cooked in the prison restaurant, under the supervision of chefs.
After starting last week, the service has all its delivery slots booked for this week.

The restaurant is designed to teach work-related skills, leading to City and Guilds catering qualifications, with the professional menu intended to allow ex-offenders to get jobs when they are released.


This also makes it an unusual takeaway menu, including dishes like “sun-dried tomato and parmesan arancini with rocket pesto” as a starter for £3.95 and “sea bream en papillote with Mediterranean vegetables and salsa verde” as a main course for £9.
The most popular take away orders have been jerk chicken and katsu curry.

Keeping the kitchens open for takeaways provides prisoners useful work and keeps up their training, says Mr Moore.

“It’s giving someone a second chance.”

Mr Moore


The project, which has links with 280 employers, has been backed by research from the Ministry of Justice, which wants to reduce the £18 billion cost to taxpayers of reoffending.
Researchers for the ministry found a significant reduction in the risk of reoffending for those who had been through the Clink restaurant training.