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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: 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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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 17
    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
A good reason to go to prison

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Ian L
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

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
50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW 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
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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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Surrey, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I admire what is trying to be done with the resettlement of offenders and good luck to those on the 'course'. However, I find the prices are inflated. The food is average. I think this is a novelty and once people have been they probably will not re visit.

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We had a lovely meal at The Clink. Food and service was good. Strange to have no wine - but it is run as a charity and a very worthy cause to support.

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SE England
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139 reviews 139 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We went to The Clink with some friends who had been before and we expected this to be a one off visit to satisfy our curiosity. The food we had ranged from very good to exceptional. Particularly impressive were the game terrine starter and the poached pear dessert - the best desert I have had anywhere for a long time.... More 

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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You would not have believed Norman Stanley had it in him. if you have not yet been to one of the clink restaurants, then go. You are missing out on a dinning delight. The standard of food is anything to rival the top London chefs, but at a fraction of the price. The presentation was first class and the service... More 

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Sutton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
168 reviews 168 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A visit to the Clink is a sobering and at the same time uplifting experience. Fully sustainable dining in a beautiful room with attentive, charming staff - the menu changes regularly to reflect the seasonality of the delicious fresh produce grown on site, and in three visits we have always been more than happy with the number of selections available,... More 

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The quality of the food and its presentation was excellent; the only negatives concern the inevitable security arrangements and the somewhat edgy service, which makes for a less than totally relaxing experience.

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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 30 - 45
  • 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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