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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: Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down opened in May 2009 and offers over 30...
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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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 5
    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
Cheers to the Clink

Beautiful building in a converted chapel, the Clink Restaurant makes a lovely change to visit somewhere like this with excellent food and beautifully presented. The portions are a little small, but the quality is excellent. My only regret is the lack of any alcohol, although the fruit cocktail... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Faymoss13
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Cheshire, UK
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Cheshire, UK
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful building in a converted chapel, the Clink Restaurant makes a lovely change to visit somewhere like this with excellent food and beautifully presented. The portions are a little small, but the quality is excellent. My only regret is the lack of any alcohol, although the fruit cocktail was nice, it does not beat having a glass of wine with... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

HMP HIDOWN!!! Wow the food is delicious, these young men have proven themselves and done their teachers proud. Had I own a restaurant I would definitely hire them on release. Pistachio ice totally tasty.

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Thank Conroy B
London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my sister for lunch here & as it was December we had the Christmas menu. The pre arranging (with security clearance) is quite heavy for a lunch but you are literally going into a prison. & to be honest that added to the theatre for us, with the cheque book to pay, no booze etc!! Our server was great... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I would recommend the Clink Restaurant HMP H.D, the food is amazing and the service outstanding a must

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a couple of breakfasts here good value, good service and importantly good food. Used the restaurant for business meeting with Cardiff prison staff

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Thank malcolmw290
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were party of two couples, and was, for 3 of us, a first (but not last) experience. A Well presented & decorated restaurant, forgetting the outer surrounding was a prison. With a lovely seasonal menu, the food presentation was lovely with a great service too. The waiter was attentive and chatty. The food was really well done, I had... More 

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Thank Karen J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I and some colleagues were a little disorientated at the start, in finding the checking in point. Once that was resolved we met with a very helpful and enthusiastic member of the Clink staff who took us into the restaurant. This was a complete contrast to the other parts of the building that we had to be led through. The... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lunch here with a friend after hearing great things from other friends who had been to the clink in Cardiff. They only serve breakfast and lunch (our waiter told us this is because they get locked up around 5pm and no-one would be there to cook and serve). It's a bit long getting through security and stuff but after... More 

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Thank Seville H
Sutton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best lunch I have had for a long time. My friend and I enjoyed every mouthful. The service was impeccable and an athomsphere of great calm and relaxation. Will return has soon as possible.

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Thank SM2kitty
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is highly recommended for a different dining experience. As the name suggests it is an active prison. All the security on arrival is a little tedious when part of a largish group but wouldn't be a problem for smaller parties. The cooking and waiting was done by prisoners using many ingredients from another nearby prison and the quality... More 

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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 29 - 43
  • Cuisine: British, European

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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