What prisoners at Leeds jails will eat on Christmas Day 2021 – from Dairylea Triangles to falafel wraps

Prison is the worst possible place to spend Christmas, but some would argue that prisoners deserve a little Christmas cheer.

As we do every year, we asked the Department of Justice what inmates at Leeds’ three prisons – Armley, Wellston and Wetherby – would eat on December 25.

Through Freedom of Information, we also asked what will be offered to residents of the city’s penal institutions on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day 2022.

Read the latest crime news about Leeds here.

Will it be ho-ho-ho at HMP or will it be cold turkey and another serving of porridge?

What do vegetarians, vegans and Muslims cook?

Will Armley Nick’s hit “Fat Fat Cheese” come back?

This is what’s on the list.

HMB Leeds (also known as Armley’s Prison)

HMB Leeds

Christmas Day

Inmates in category B and remand prison will wake up to a vegan sausage, veggie, or egg sandwich.

For lunch, there will be turkey slices and stuffing, steak and kidney pie, halal chicken and mushroom pie as well as vegetarian and veggie options. All served with grilled potatoes, baby carrots, sprouts and gravy.

The tea seems to be based on pastries although we were disappointed to see ‘Seriously Fat Cheesecake’ was no longer on the menu. But there is a slice of birthday cake.

boxing day

Guests will wake up to another type of sausage, vegan sausage or egg sandwich.

Lunch includes chicken balti pie, braised steak or halal sausage with onion broth.

Came back to Pasty City for tea despite a rocky road slide.

New Year’s Day

Guests will wake up to another type of sausage, vegan sausage or egg sandwich.

For lunch, prisoners can have half of a halal chicken, smoked haddock cake and mozzarella or a vegetarian schnitzel among other things.

The tea is – you guessed it – pancake-based despite having a (shaped?) Christmas tree shortbread.

HMB Wellstone

HMB Wellstone
HMB Wellstone

Christmas Day

Breakfast at this prison C, near Wetherby, doesn’t seem very festive; A breakfast box (cereals?) and sterilized milk. Bah crap.

Lunch is more seasonal with roast turkey, pork, or vegetarian Wellington with trimmings plus a halal option and fish.

The tea is cheesecake, Dairylea triangles, and baguettes although there’s Christmas cake and mince pie too.

boxing day

After another breakfast package and UHT milk, lunch consists of chicken biryani, vegan schnitzel, homemade lasagna, baked Cajun fish or jamun and pineapple.

The tea is very similar to Christmas although it’s halal steak and ‘single’ [wrapped?] cake’.

New Year’s Day

Oh – it’s another breakfast pack and sterilized milk.

However, lunch is less frustrating with homemade halal meat pie or smoked haddock buns, homemade turkey and bacon pie, roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, veggies or vegetable bubbles and squeaks.

Tea is more or less the same as the previous two with cheesecake and individually wrapped cake.

YOI Wetherby

Wetherby YOI
Wetherby YOI

Christmas Day

It’s YOI’s “Christmas Breakfast Package” (Youth Delinquent Institution) with fresh milk. Sorry, Williston.

Lunch includes a traditional turkey dinner with trimmings or sweet potatoes, mushrooms and tarragon as well as other meats and meat-free and dairy-free main courses.

For tea, there’s the falafel roll, the coronation chicken sandwich, turkey, and French toast stuffed with cranberries, or broccoli, hummus, and baguette, followed by birthday cake.

boxing day

Aside from the other “Christmas breakfast package”, the menu doesn’t look very festive. Spanish omelette and cornetto sound like the best boring selection.

Tea is a salad, sandwiches, sausage rolls, or noodles followed by the Rocky Way.

New Year’s Day

Prisoners will wake up to breakfast and orange juice followed by lunch consisting of cheese omelettes, lamb sausages, bacon bits, corn sausage, or vegetable biryani.

Tea options include apple and celery salad, tuna pasta bowl, sweet corn, sandwiches or curry pasta. At least there’s an orange chocolate cookie to follow.

So, who is the winner?

With his homemade selection, Wealstun appears to be the winner.

A Department of Justice spokesperson said: “Prison meals during Christmas are paid for from the current budget and at no additional cost to taxpayers.

“What is spent on food for each prisoner each day, and the distribution of meals, is ultimately a decision of each governor and catering team as part of the budget allocated to the prison.”

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