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“Great Lunch, Good Idea”

The Clink Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 1,215 Restaurants in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $51
Cuisines: European, British, Welsh, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, 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. Seasonal food is prepared and cooked in an open plan kitchen enabling diners the opportunity to watch food preparation. The restaurant has recently added Sunday dining times, opening its doors every Sunday, 12:00pm to 3:00pm, serving roast lunches with 2 courses for £19.95 and 3 courses for £25.90. The restaurant also serves dinner from Wednesday to Saturday at 6:30pm, 7pm & 7:30pm, offering a 4-course menu for £39.95. Afternoon Tea is available between 12pm and 3pm from Monday to Saturday. Available for exclusive hire, The Clink Restaurant boasts private dinings room that offers projector and AV facilities making it perfect for meetings, conferences and presentations.
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“Great Lunch, Good Idea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

Word of mouth recommendations encouraged me to book a lunchtime visit. We had excellent food; sardine and ravioli starters followed by lamb shank, Haadock and beef three ways mains. Desert apples grown on their own farm? Local sourcing, great service (thanks Dave), value for money. As a Cardiff resident, I think it may well become a regular venue.

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“Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Really excellent fresh, creative food and professional service in contemporary surroundings. Can't wait for them to open in the evening - Saturday opening would be wonderful !

  • Visited November 2012
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Cardiff, Wales
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“Nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

Greeted warmly, served pleasantly (by Jason ... thanks Jason) and had some nice food.

Just be aware they clean down from breakfast for the lunch service between 11 and 12 so the food selection is limited to sandwiches. Having said that, Jason kindly managed to rustle up some freshly fried chicken for me and the salad bar had a good selection.

Tidy.

  • Visited November 2012
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“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
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“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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