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“Delicious food, beautifully cooked and served. ”

The Clink Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 222 Restaurants in Sutton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $38
Cuisines: European, British
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down opened to the general public in May 2009 and offers over 30 prisoners full-time work within a true-to-life restaurant and kitchen environment. Alongside their employment the prisoners also train towards gaining nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQs in food preparation and food service before returning to their prison accommodation at the end of the working day. Upon their release, The Clink Charity helps the graduates find employment within the hospitality industry. The restaurant is an 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 locally. Breakfast is served from Monday to Friday between 8:15am and 10:30am, and lunch is served from Monday to Friday between 12pm and 3pm. Guests can enjoy Afternoon Tea from 2pm to 4pm. This must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. 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.
Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is run by prisoners who are being trained so that they have a skill when they are released. The food is truly high dining and both the waiting staff and chefs are serving prisoners. It was a great experience and I would go again.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

Wow fantastic experience. Once in the clink you would not know you are with a prison. Serivce was excellent and really nice to know you are supporting the charity. Also very well priced. Please note no alcohol is served!

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed January 26, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I bought each other lunch at The Clink for a Christmas present and today was the day. It was AMAZING! The food ( smoked duck for starters, pork/venison for mains, ginger cheesecake for pud) was outstanding quality with a superb blend of flavours and textures. Seriously top class nosh. Our waiter, Dom, was articulate, friendly, attentive and keen to make the most of his situation. A bright future awaits him. This is a wonderful experience on many levels and well worth a visit.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Go for it. Feel good experience while enjoying superbly cooked and presented food. Great value. And it’s not just about supporting a good cause, you will appreciate the quality as well.

Date of visit: November 2017
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