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The Clink Restaurant

Knox Road | HMP Cardiff, Cardiff CF24 0UG, Wales
+44 29 2092 3130
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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European, British, Welsh, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Knox Road | HMP Cardiff, Cardiff CF24 0UG, Wales
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Booked in advance. Great location and great cause. The three courses were amazing. Service was professional and efficient. Would recommend to all.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 130KevinS
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went here for a Birthday meal and was not disappointed. Very clean, the staff were attentive and helpful. The food amazing. You would be a fool not to try this restaurant for either lunch or evening sittings.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 886carlay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went out with friends for the 3course. A good selection of dishes in all three courses. Had the crab which was average and the rabbit which was a very odd cut with the back bone, bits of spinal cord and kidneys falling out, rather off...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank nolanar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had heard great things about this unique restaurant so decided to give it a go, and it certainly didn't disappoint. In short, the food was excellent. It was hot when served, tasty and very well presented. The portions were enormous but it didn't take...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank JonesC90
Reviewed 1 week ago

There were five of us, we had a variety of starters generally they were well appreciated, however my choice of the crab etc mousse could have been served on a desert spoon. Not so much a starter more of an amuse bouche. Mains went well...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank rarebit1939
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended a Sunday luncheon function, with some trepidation as it was my first visit to the Clink. I need not have worried, as the food, ambience etc was really good. The restaurant has a mirrored wall, giving the impression that it is much bigger...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Kenco37
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our gift from last year and our first chance to use it. Fantastic food although much to much for us to eat. Service was great and atmosphere good.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 432HelenE432
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Despite it being right next to the prison when you walk in it feels just like any other restaurant. It has a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. It’s a relatively small restaurant so has an intimate feel to it. I came with my friend but there...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank whichdestinationnext
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a brilliant scheme! A top-class restaurant staffed by the inmates. The idea is that the restaurant, supervised by qualified chefs and front-of-house staff, gives the inmates the opportunity to learn to cook and serve top-quality food so that they have the chance to make...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SteveB952
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Pre booked to ensure a table. We arrived and were immediately shown to our seats. The menu is quite small but it informs you where preparing and cooking each course fits into the training course the prisoners are undertaking. Bright and friendly establishment. You can...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank 88franh
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25 November 2018|
Response from HannahCousins | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do.
29 July 2018|
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Response from bethanlewis65 | Reviewed this property |
NCP directly across the road, but as another has said, it is very expensive. John Lewis and St David's are a little walk away but much cheaper.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 11:00
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12:00 - 15:00
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18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
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18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
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18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 11:00
18:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Knox Road | HMP Cardiff, Cardiff CF24 0UG, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2092 3130
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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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