Prison- The New “In” Place To Dine?

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image: Franklin County Prison

There is a hot new place to dine in the U.K. and it’s probably the last place you’d expect people to go for a high end meal.

I’ve heard of various trendy and popular foods that people are willng to wait on long lines for. I’m thinking of more recent items like the incredible Ramen Burger, the Cronut (still haven’t tried a real one) and other things along those lines.

But what about popular or trendy places to dine? Bed restaurants, highly priced tasting menus, pop-up resaurants, dining in the dark,  Medieval Times? (I’m not really serious about the last option.)

Could prison be the next hot place to dine? According to BBC Travel, it might just be!

There are currently three restaurants open to the public inside British prisons. According to the article, “convicts work as chefs and kitchen assistants, cooking Michelin-style cuisine“. 

The idea was thought of by the Clink Charity with a specific goal in mind. The plan was to “reduce reoffending rates of ex-offenders by training and placing graduates into employment upon their release“.

Visiting isn’t so simple since you need to make reservations at least 72 hours in advance and be 18 years of age or older. Before getting your confirmation for dinner, you’ll also need to go through a security briefing.

Once you arrive at the prison, you’ll need to check your phone (no food pics I guess) and bags, empty your pockets and “you may be subject to a biometric assessment that includes having your fingerprints and photograph taken“.

Since a kitchen has lots of dangerous equipment, it wouldn’t sound like the ideal place to trust prisoners. However, only non-violent inmates can participate.

There are plans to add seven more prison restaurants across the U.K. by 2017.

I know that I’d be very interested in checking out the prison dining experience if I was heading back to Britain. Considering I enjoyed doing some souvenir shopping at a prison why not dine in one too?!

Would you be interested in dining inside a prison restaurant?

Find out lots of more details from BBC Travel here.

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