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“Well done” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Clink Restaurant

The Clink Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 1,209 Restaurants in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $50
Cuisines: European, British, Welsh, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff opened to the general public in September 2012 and offers over 30 category D prisoners from HMP Prescoed and HMP Cardiff full-time work within the 96 cover restaurant and kitchen. Prisoners train towards gaining nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQ qualifications before returning to their retrospective prisons at the end of the working day. Upon their release, The Clink Charity helps graduates find employment within the Welsh catering and hospitality industry. The restaurant is a flagship example of a unique charitable project that is committed to reducing reoffending rates throughout Wales 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 Wales. Available for exclusive hire, The Clink Cymru boasts a private dining room that can seat 24 and offers projector and AV facilities that can be used for meetings, conferences and presentations. Seasonal food is prepared and cooked in an open plan kitchen enabling diners the opportunity to watch food preparation. We rotate our menus on a seasonal basis, to view the winter a la carte menu please click here.
Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Well done”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

I was visiting a client at HMP Cardiff and called in here by mistake at the off. The smell of coffee that greeted me at the door ensured I called in on the way out. The service is excellent, and I can advise a lot of other restauranter's in the area to bring staff here if you want to see how to serve bums on seats! I've since taken my son here for a meal and the food was very good. Well done.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kevin P
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Ab Fab!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

One word ........ Excellent! What a fantastic meal, in great surroundings, cooked & served by perfect gentlemen. I cant wait to go back. Go check it out, you wont be dissapointed. Well done boys & good luck for the future. x

  • Visited September 2012
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4 Thank Mandatha73
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Adelaide, Australia
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A lesson in good service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

First time at 'The Clink' yestrday with my family. Can't praise the place high enough. The food was just gorgeous (I have the Mackerel). The place itself was very pleasant, modern and clean, but best of all was the service. Some of the restauranteurs in Cardiff need to take their staff for a visit here to learn about good service !

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Wales
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fresh ingredients and a fresh start for apprentices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

There are 8million people in the UK with a criminal record... only some of them are in prison! Time to turn ` prisoners into tax payers` and give these guys a chance with a fresh start..like the fresh ingredients in the restaurant.The Clink is not a ` curiosity show` ; these are guys working hard to give excellent service and delicious food.The first time booking was a bit complicated to ensure that `snoopers` and the `bah humbug` journalists dont spin their yarns before The Clinks reputation can be established.It was well worth the effort and will definately book again. Celeb chef Stephen Terry will help the` apprentices` prepare Christmas lunch in December - sure to be a treat. Clinks also has a private room which would be useful for team/business meetings... good karma to support The Clinks Knox Road Cardiff.

  • Visited October 2012
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2 Thank fussytravellerWAles
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely food, great service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

Went to the Clinks restaurant for a business meeting / lunch. What was evident on arrival at the restaurant is how grateful the guys are for people dining there, and they could not have been more welcoming or attentive throughout.

The food was delicious, and the service was great. The pictures on the website do not do this place justice, the surroundings are warm and comfortable and it has a lovely ambience about it.

I would most definately return and will be taking friends and family there. Well done guys on all your hard work, it's lovely to see you all doing so well. Thank you.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CW1999
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