What HMP Birmingham prisoners are eating for Christmas lunch & dinner in 2022 at the Winson Green jail

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The category B prison in Winson Green houses more than a 1,000 male prisoners inside its walls

HMP Birmingham is home to more than a thousand prisoners including some of the most notirious criminals in the UK - but what are they having for Christmas dinner?

The prison is located in Winson Green and the category B male prisoners serving time there will get a hearty Christmas meal that doesn’t cost anything extra to the taxpayer. The prison inmates will get a choice between four meal options for Christmas dinner in on December 25, 2022.

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“Meals in prisons over Christmas and New Year are paid for from within the existing budget and at no extra cost to the taxpayer,” HMPPS Briefing & Correspondence Team said in response to a Freedom of Information request.

The Winson Green prison inmates will be also get vegan options for their Christmas Day meals this year, BirminghamWorld found through the FOI request to the Ministry of Justice.

HMP Birmingham in Winson Green, Birmingham  (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)HMP Birmingham in Winson Green, Birmingham  (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
HMP Birmingham in Winson Green, Birmingham (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

What’s the menu?

For Christmas Day lunch, prisoners will be able to choose from:

Option A: Potato & Spinach Cheese Bake

Option B: Halal Roast Beef

Option C: Roast Turkey

Option D: Vegan Cajun Roulade

They will also have a variety of sides available, including pigs in blankets, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, as well as stuffing gravy, cranberry sauce, and horseradish.

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What’s for afters?

For dessert, those at HMP Birmingham are only being offered one item - a traditonal Christmas pudding and custard

The FOI request also revealed the menu for Christmas evening. Prisoners will get four options for this as well.

Option A: Savoury Tomato Pasta

Option B: Cold Halal Tikka Chicken Leg

Option C: Phat Festive Chunky Sausage Roll

Option D: 5 x Onion Bhaji Mint Yog Salad

The sides for the evening meal are: salad, coleslaw, crisps, and bread roll.

Christmas dinner (Photo by Unsplash/Rumman Amin)Christmas dinner (Photo by Unsplash/Rumman Amin)
Christmas dinner (Photo by Unsplash/Rumman Amin) | Unsplash/Rumman Amin

There is no Christmas meal without a mince pie so the finale of the meal - the dessert - will be a mince pie.

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Notorious inmates over the years have included Fred West, the Birmingham Six, and even a celebrity - Ozzy Osbourne.

The category B prison faced riots in 2016 leading to up to 240 prisoners being moved out. It was one of the worst prison riots in England in 25 years. Inmates had taken charge of four wings and had also damaged the premises, which is run by G4S.

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