I went there with my husband on a sunny Friday in February. We weren't sure what to expect but would now happily recommend it to anyone.
Parking was easy. The security procedure did take time but we had been warned about it when we booked. You have to wait until all the people who booked for the same time slot have gathered and been photographed etc. Men have their fingerprints taken. Then you are led to the prison gate.
Once inside the prison the group was guided to the restaurant where we were given a warm welcome by the manager who allocated us a table and introduced us to our waiter, an inmate approaching the end of his sentence.
He was a very pleasant, confident young man, full of enthusiasm and keen that we should enjoy our meal. He had a shadow, who we guessed was a new recruit to the restaurant, who followed him everywhere, listening and watching intently.
Our meal was absolutely delicious. I had the smoked duck starter while my husband chose the salmon sashimi. We both chose the venison with polenta and chilli chocolate sauce to follow. I was wondering whether I'd find it easy to cut it with the plastic cutlery provided but I needn't have worried. It was beautifully tender.
The desserts we had were fabulous. My husband had the caramel custard tart. He said it was very good. My apple charlotte with toffee anglaise and vanilla bean ice-cream really was outstanding. I don't have a particularly sweet tooth and often skip dessert but I was so glad I hadn't done so on this occasion. We finished off the meal with coffee.
Alcohol isn't served at all, but I can't say we missed it. There's no tipping allowed but donations to the Clink Charity are welcomed. I hope by supporting it we may have helped in a small way towards the rehabilitation of the men we met but regardless of that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I would strongly encourage people to give it a try.
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