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The Clink Restaurant

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Hmp High Down, High Down Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ, England
+44 20 7147 6724
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8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down opened in May 2009 and offers over...
The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down opened in May 2009 and offers over 30 prisoners full-time work within the restaurant and kitchen. Prisoners train towards gaining nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQs before returning to their cells at the end of the working day. Upon their release, The Clink Charity helps graduates find employment within the catering and hospitality industry. The restaurant is a flagship example of a unique charitable project that is committed to reducing reoffending rates, in partnership with HMPS. The restaurant positively promotes the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners and also champions the wealth of quality, fresh and organic produce available throughout the UK with many vegetables and herbs being sourced from the prison gardens. Available for exclusive hire, The Clink Restaurant boasts a private dining room that offers projector and AV facilities making it perfect for meetings, conferences and presentations. Seasonal food is prepared and cooked in an open plan kitchen giving diners the opportunity to watch their food being skilfully prepared.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
excellent food and service, well worth a visit for something different

The Clink is a Charity to assist in training & rehab of offenders, its an excellent bistro facility with fab food, well presented and great service. Try a visit for a little out of the ordinary and you wont be disapointed

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The Clink is a Charity to assist in training & rehab of offenders, its an excellent bistro facility with fab food, well presented and great service. Try a visit for a little out of the ordinary and you wont be disapointed

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great experience. A perfectly balanced crab and mackerel tartare then bream with fricassee of beans and radish. Service from our waiter Eddie was charming - although the maitresse d' was a bit snarly at first. Fab fruit juice cocktails too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Wow! The food was amazing, the presentation was second to none and the staff exceptional. A great experience, with a good menu.... Have the raspberry dessert........best desert I've ever tasted! Exceptional.

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My daughter took me to the Clink as a Father's Day treat. We had heard rave reviews about it and wanted to try it for ourselves. After the initial security clearance, and then being led through various gates, and locked doors into the depths of the prison, which was a little unsettling, we arrived at the restaurant and were greeted... More 

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Croydon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My third visit and I've not been disappointed yet. The foods good and so is the service. The settings modern and you're not sat on top of each other. The tables are well placed. All in all make sure you try this place, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

When it was first suggested that we have lunch in a prison, it's fair to say, that I was less than keen. However, it was a very different but also very pleasant experience. The security to get into the prison is quite high and we had several trips back to the car to leave lipsticks and eye drops, which along... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

The pineapple & mango smoothie was tasteless. The lamb was looking like a pile of black shirt with birds dropping of various colour. The banoffee, please serve banoffee with hammer and spoon or even better a chisel. It is so hard, if I threw at a dog, the dog would collapse. My banoffee was all over the floor because it... More 

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GeneralManagerClink, General Manager at The Clink Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi free h, I’m sorry to hear that you were not impressed with the quality of food and level of service, I can assure you this is not the sort of thing we hear from our customers. As I am sure you are aware, The Clink Restaurant is a charity run prisoner training scheme that offers people the chance to... More 

Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Excellent service, really good food, a great and varied selection and above all it was reasonably priced

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Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

the food was fantastic, the restaurant stylish and even the small size birthday cake was enormous. my mother's 80th birthday was a huge success as the ladies enjoyed the meal, loved the idea of visiting a prison and were delighted to have supported such a worthwhile charity.

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Wallington, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Finally got around to visiting The Clink and didn't really know what to expect. Well, all I can say is, you have to go there! The restaurant itself is stunning. Beautiful decor, lighting and furnishings. In fact it is probably the nicest restaurant I have been in for many, many months (and we do eat out a lot). I was... More 

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Additional Information about The Clink Restaurant

Address: Hmp High Down, High Down Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7147 6724
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater London  >  Sutton
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 10:00 am  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 10:00 am  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:00 am  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 10:00 am  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 am  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $31 to $47
Cuisine: European, British

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hmp High Down, High Down Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater London  >  Sutton
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7147 6724

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $31 to $47
  • Cuisine: European, British

Description

The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down opened in May 2009 and offers over 30 prisoners full-time work within the restaurant and kitchen. Prisoners train towards gaining nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQs before returning to their cells at the end of the working day. Upon their release, The Clink Charity helps graduates find employment within the catering and hospitality industry. The restaurant is a flagship example of a unique charitable project that is committed to reducing reoffending rates, in partnership with HMPS. The restaurant positively promotes the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners and also champions the wealth of quality, fresh and organic produce available throughout the UK with many vegetables and herbs being sourced from the prison gardens. Available for exclusive hire, The Clink Restaurant boasts a private dining room that offers projector and AV facilities making it perfect for meetings, conferences and presentations. Seasonal food is prepared and cooked in an open plan kitchen giving diners the opportunity to watch their food being skilfully prepared.
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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