London jail praised for treating lags to full English breakfasts and football

Criminals at a London prison are treated to fry ups and football training, reports jail inspectors.

Chelsea Football Club put on regular sessions for lags at HMP Brixton which along with yoga and boxing lessons, has been praised in a recent review.

According to inspectors, those banged up behind bars in south London are enjoying the fruits of prison bosses making life "as decent as possible" for them.

Foodies in the capital will already know about HMP Brixton's posh public restaurant, The Clink where the entire workforce is made up of lags in training.

Anyone wanting to book in for a 32.50 3 courses meal or afternoon tea at the charity venue must first undergo a security check.

But it is not just paying diners who are fed good grub as those locked up can also tuck into large cooked breakfasts consisting of fried bread, bacon, sausages, tomatoes and eggs.

On Thursday the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) heaped praise on the variety of activities and food available for inmates at HMP Brixton.

The kitchens at the 700 person prison rustle up "excellent food" as "significant efforts" have gone into making prison life easier during lockdown, the IMB said.

The new report states: "The kitchen team has started providing cooked breakfasts to small groups of men, on a rotating pattern.

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"Special meals are provided for particular occasions – religious festivals and the months celebrating black history and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture."

During lockdowns for Covid-19 The Clink restaurant – which is now back to seating 120 people – launched a ‘click and collect’ service for the public.

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Employed at the acclaimed eatery are 20 inmates learning on the job as chefs, baristas and front of house staff.

The report states: "Pre-covid, there were 20 men employed.

"The restaurant was open to staff and boxed food for click and collect and local delivery.

"The Board recognises and applauds their [the Governor’s and staff’s] commitment, their skill in dealing with difficult and changing conditions, and their efforts to make life for the men in Brixton as decent as possible."

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