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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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Sunday
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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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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Quality food

We have now visited The Clink restaurant on 2 occasions and each time the food has been excellent, well presented, and service has really been up to par. Certainly one of the best restaurants in the area, although obviously limited by breakfast & lunch only. Also, really meaningful in preparation... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Kassandra R
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Kingswood, United Kingdom
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English first
Kingswood, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We have now visited The Clink restaurant on 2 occasions and each time the food has been excellent, well presented, and service has really been up to par. Certainly one of the best restaurants in the area, although obviously limited by breakfast & lunch only. Also, really meaningful in preparation for a career in quality food

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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

I went today with a group of friends to The Clink, we had a fabulous time the food was amazing. The restaurant could have been mistaken for top restaurant in London the staff of The Clink were friendly. The waiters were professional and very helpful when you were selecting from the menu and the food was cooked and presented to... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to the Clink but I am certain it won't be the last. The food was really good quality, cooked to perfection and very good value. The only downside was that on the day of our visit there were some VIPs having lunch and so there was quite a delay in between courses for ourselves. However,... More 

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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

So many of the reviews on this website talk about the security procedure, the food and service excellence and I can echo all of that. We were served by Mick who had worked in The Clink for only two weeks. We loved our gravlax, our Roast chicken (the mash was to die for!) and Spring lamb neck fillet and rump... More 

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County Wexford, Ireland
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I first her about this Restaurant three years ago and was intrigued by the concept and really felt that I had to experience at some stage - I have just had the chance to visit and 'Oh Boy' what an amazing experience. But how can one be 'clinical' (apologies for that) in assessing a) something one is looking forward to... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A fantastic experience. Excellent food, very nice ambience and attentive 'staff'. Thoroughly recommend this restaurant experience.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

An excellent lunchtime event with excellent food, atmosphere and service. The initial thought of going to Highdown Prison in Sutton was one of caution, but the event was one not to be missed. The arrival and entry procedure was deliberate and driven with high security and the process made it clear that you were entering a high security establishment. This... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

I had heard a lot about the Clink and I have to confess to being a tad cynical, the booking process is interesting but totally justified. Upon entering the restaurant you would think that you are in a 5 star establishment hushed efficiency. Our waiter Ben was brilliant attentive and knowledgable without being in the slightest bit intrusive. The food... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I went to The Click as I was very intrigued by the venue, but I came out as impressed with the food and the service. We had a 3 course lunch menu plus coffee for two - £62! Lovely starters: chicken balloutine + salmon gravlax (with microherbs and an intense lemon gel); followed by lamb fillet and sardines, both with... More 

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Esher, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We really enjoyed the food, atmosphere and friendly staff. It was a really memorable experience with the family. We will definitely return - thank you.

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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 - 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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