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The Clink Restaurant

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Highdown Highdown Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ, England
442086789007
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Closed
Hours:
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 15:00
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Croydon, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is within HMP Highdown and the chefs and waiters are inmates. The restaurant is within the grounds and you need to go through security. However on entering the restaurant you would not know you were in a prison. The food is excellent and the waiters are professional and friendly and very keep to please. It really is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hard to believe you are inside the walls of a prison. Great service and presentation of food was first class. Will definitely return. So proud to be able to support such an inspiring charity.

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Lewes, Delaware
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was worried that people were recommmending this as "an experience" rather than good dining. Despite the dreary but necessary security procedure, it turned out to be really finely judged and beautifully cooked food. The turbot in saffron and mussel sauce was great as was the burnt white chocolate panna cotta (and I'm not a fan of white chocolate). The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went as a group of 4, very organised security entry procedures. It is interesting to walk through the prison but once in the restaurant it's very relaxed. Very attentive waiter and good service. The stuffed chicken was lovely and the desert blackberry and plum clafoutis was really delicious. Well worth a visit and as others have said- so great... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very enjoyable lunch with lovely food and great service. Once in there, it is so easy to forget that you are in a prison! Would definitely go back and recommend, such a good experience!

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting and different experience for ladies who lunch! Limited menu but uplifting conversation with the attentive waiters and chef.

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting lunch - 4 of us enjoyed the whole experience of the security and walking through the prison entrance with "Clink" of the doors. Within a shabby door lay a well designed restaurant which would not look out of place in London. A very comprehensive menu. All the food was beautifully presented as per a fine dining restaurant.... More 

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Fleet, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went as a surprise from my friend who knows I am fascinated by prisons. This was unbelievable and the concept to help the inmates get ready for getting back into the outside world. You have to book well in advance but definitely worth it. Food very very good. Just have to have plastic cutlery and no alcohol. Lovely moktails.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wasn't sure what to expect as I had never heard of The Clink before, friends had organised everything so what a pleasant surprise. Security procedures all carried out we walked to the restaurant inside the prison, on entering the seating area you would not believe you were not in a top restaurant in London. So elegantly laid out, furnishing etc.... More 

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Woking, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Clink can be recommended for a good lunch and support of a worthy charity. A different experience and very enjoyable at that. The food was tasty. Huge desserts. All the staff were excellent (thank you esp. Neil for looking after us so charmingly) The service was high by any standard and particularly so for a training establishment. The absence... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$37
Cuisine
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
08:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 15:00
Thursday
08:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 15:00
Friday
08:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Highdown Highdown Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater London  >  Sutton
  • Phone Number: 442086789007
Description
The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down opened in May 2009 and offers over 30 prisoners full-time work within the restaurant and kitchen. Prisoners train towards gaining nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQs before returning to their cells at the end of the working day.

Upon their release, The Clink Charity helps graduates find employment within the catering and hospitality industry. The restaurant is a flagship 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 throughout the UK with many vegetables and herbs being sourced from the prison gardens.

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.

Seasonal food is prepared and cooked in an open plan kitchen giving diners the opportunity to watch their food being skilfully prepared.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?