Meals

The food which will be given in prison is prepared by the prisoners who work in the kitchens. It is provided on a tight budget, and the quality of the food reflects this. You may not particularly enjoy the food in prison, but it is a balanced diet and fulfils its purpose!

Each day breakfast will be the same and is often handed out the night before for you to eat in your cell before unlocking at 8am. Tea and coffee packs are provided, along with a small carton of milk to make drinks. A kettle will be provided in your cell. Lunch and dinner either a cold or hot meal, never 2 cold meals on the same day, and you will be provided with a limited choice which you complete at the start of each week. As a new prisoner you will be served last and given a more limited choice until you have submitted your weekly menu choice. If you have dietary or religious preferences the menu’s provided will cater for this.

If you are in prison at Christmas the kitchen staff do try to prepare festive meals, and special arrangements are made for you if your religious convictions demand for example a day light hour fast.

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On Tuesday 24th March it was announced that all prisons in the UK would go into a "lock down" state, as a result on Covid19.  In simple terms it means that prisoners will be confined to their cells for the vast majority of each day, being unlocked only for meals and very limited exercise periods. All social visits are cancelled with immediate effect.

The prison staff will ensure that medical requirements will be met as per usual but there will be no "association periods" for the prisoners. Undoubtably this will be difficult and stressful for a number of prisoners, but the prison authorities are acting for the greater good of the majority of prisoners and staff.

Any establishment specific queries you may have should be directed to the prisons