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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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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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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Great experience

Loved it here! The place is beautifully decorated and the staff are lovely. Food was great too. Definately going back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Jacquie S
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Loved it here! The place is beautifully decorated and the staff are lovely. Food was great too. Definately going back.

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

When I booked this for breakfast for my husband and I, he was quite surprised! But what a fabulous breakfast we had! All the food was very tasty and the waiters who served us were pleasant and helpful, as was everyone we encountered. All in all we will be going back...in fact I have just booked a lunch table as... More 

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Brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

When my Mum told me she had made us lunch reservations at the local prison I thought she'd finally lost the plot. After conducting my own research I was pleasantly surprised to find photos of The Clink looking exactly the opposite of what I had previously imagined and I quickly became excited at the opportunity of this experience and also... More 

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

What do you get? Great food, great service, great atmosphere and definitely a 'great experience'. This may be a Charity but it holds it's own against any restaurant in the area. The only downside is the time it takes to go through security but it is definitely worth the extra time. On the plus side of security though; no one... More 

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Surrey, UK
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Prison food like you would never imagine! This restaurant has gone from strength to strength since it was first introduced and I've now been twice and will return again and again. The menu is innovative, well cooked and beautifully presented. The servers are learning well under the expert guidance of the Head Chef and all seem so happy to be... More 

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Hartfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Needs a little time for planning because of the security but well worth the effort and time. The front of the house service was excellent as was the food. Comprehensive menue and the presentation of the food was as good as any first class restaurant. It's fantastic work that the prison is doing in training and support for the offenders... More 

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Felbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

After strict security checks and rules we were escorted to our table. Waiting staff were very helpful and well informed of the day's menu. Food was excellent, well presented with lovely flavours. Chips were amazing, waiter informed us they were triple fried with sea salt - crispy on outside, fluffy in middle ohh delicious. Prices, £5.95 starters, £10 - £15... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

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 46
  • 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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