We want everybody to enjoy their visit to The Clink Restaurants and The Clink Cafe. However, due to the unique locations of these restaurants, some rules and security procedures do apply. We ask all visitors to take the time to read through and adhere to them prior to and during their visit.

For convenience we have also compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding visiting The Clink Restaurants and Cafe.

  • All visitors must book at least 72 hours prior to arrival (excluding Cardiff, Styal and our cafe in Manchester where walk-in guests are welcomed).
  • All visitors must be aged 18 years or over (excluding Cardiff, Styal and Manchester)
  • All visitors must provide a current passport, picture driving licence or Freedom Pass.
  • If your name is not on our reservations list or you do not have the required ID, entry to the prison will be declined (excluding Cardiff and Styal).
  • As part of your visit you may be required to use a biometric system which includes your fingerprints and photograph being taken.
  • You may also be subject to a routine search – this would be similar to what you might expect in an airport.
  • No handbags are permitted in HMP Brixton or HMP High Down.
  • Members of the press may only visit the prison, including The Clink Restaurants, with the express permission of the Governor.
  • All guests are asked not to give information about their visit to the press without seeking the prison’s permission in advance.
  • Each visitor is permitted to bring a maximum of £50 cash into the prison.
  • Payment can be made by cheque only at HMP High Down (no cash or cards) or by invoice if previously agreed. Card payments are accepted at Brixton, Cardiff and Styal.
  • Mobile phones and SIM cards are not allowed in the prison at any time. If you do have a mobile phone you may leave it in a locker in The Clink Restaurants reception area, however please note that locker numbers are limited.
  • Cameras are not allowed in the prison unless authorised by the Governor and considered by the media liaison officer.
  • No laptops or IT equipment are allowed in the prison unless authorised by the Governor.
  • For corporate guests, if you require a laptop for a presentation, this must be requested at least 14 days in advance of your visit.
  • Drugs are prohibited at all times, excluding prescription medicine which has your name on.
  • Scissors, knives and sharp objects are not allowed in the prison under any circumstances.
  • Chewing gum and aerosols are not allowed in the prison.

Please ensure you have read and understood the security procedures outlined above as non-compliance is a criminal offence.

  • On arrival to our restaurants, please follow signs to The Clink Restaurant check-in centre. You will be greeted there by The Clink team.
  • There will be an opportunity for you and your guests to use lockers if required for mobile phones and any other banned items, as outlined above.
  • Your photo ID will be checked and taken from you in return for a prison pass. Please note that your fingerprints and photograph may also be taken as part of this process.
  • You will be escorted to the main gate by a member of The Clink Restaurants reception team. The route from the reception area to the restaurant is outside so please bring appropriate clothing and umbrellas if required.
  • There is no parking available at Brixton prison – if you are a blue badge holder and require disabled parking please request a space when making your booking.
  • Please arrive at the security reception 15 minutes before your reservation time as the restaurants get very busy and it may take some time to issue your passes.
  • We are unable to grant access to the prison or The Clink Restaurant after 1.30pm so if a member of your party is delayed for any reason they may be declined entry.
  • We would respectfully ask that you and your party read the Rules & Security Procedures above before you arrive at the prison.

Prisoners will be cooking and serving your meal so you will interact with them as part of your Clink Restaurants dining experience.

You are welcome to talk to them and ask questions; some of the prisoners are very happy to talk about their background and experiences, however some may be less forthcoming.

You are welcome to share your thoughts, comments and feedback following your meal on any one of our five Facebook pages. You can also take photographs of your meals if you so wish at our Cardiff and Styal restaurants (not in High Down or Brixton). However, we respectfully ask all diners not to take photographs of the prisoners due to security and confidentiality restrictions.

You are welcome to submit a review on TripAdvisor, bearing in mind that The Clink Restaurants and Cafe are training environments.

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Yes, knives and other sharp utensils are necessary in food preparation and cooking. All prisoners in the kitchen are fully supervised and we have robust internal processes for monitoring equipment.


No, we are not licensed to serve alcohol in any of The Clink Restaurants as it is banned on prison premises.

As the restaurants and cafe are outside of the prison walls you do not need to be over 18 years old or have photo ID with you. You can also pay by cash and credit card.

You can pay using a debit or credit card at Brixton, Cardiff or Styal but we do not have a card machine inside the restaurant High Down.

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