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The Clink Restaurant

High Down Lane | Highdown Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ, England
+44 20 8678 9007
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
High Down Lane | Highdown Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My sister and I have had a wonderful, eye opening experience. Not only was the food incredible, but the service was fantastic. We were served by a very kind and warm gentleman called Gordon, who was happy to discuss and answer questions. He was friendly,...More

Thank Charlotte H
Reviewed yesterday

Visited for lunch to celebrate a birthday. Food was spot on, good selection on the menu. Everything that came out of the open plan kitchen looked superb and was beautifully cooked. We were served efficiently and very competently by Gordon. It was really interesting to...More

Thank SteveCThomas
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a three course meal, plenty of choice for each course. The food was delicious and perfectly cooked. The service was excellent. We will book again in the near future. In view of the location no alcohol was served, but there was a great...More

Thank BookWorm232
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were encouraged to come here and experience lunch by a friend - what a marvellous idea - to train inmates in the hospitality industry ! We were served by Gordon a delightful ex jockey who looked after us really well - the food was...More

1  Thank Liversalts50
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of six friends visited in August for , roactive snd alwalunch. A bit of a performance clearing security but once done we were led through to the we restaurant. We have to say and we all agreed the food served was some of...More

Thank Adriano S
Reviewed 30 August 2018

First of all great food and good service, however going there is a total different experience. I would encourage everybody to go even just to support this initiative. It is not every day you get locked in for a meal.

Thank bruni001
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We were blown away by the experience! Delicious food, thought provoking and great atmosphere. Being able to talk to the prisoners and support them was a unique experience. This should be concept should be extended elsewhere (and in all Prisons).

Thank Emma N
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

I would highly recommend a visit to the Clink not only is the food superb but the whole idea behind the enterprise is marvellous. The young men who prepared and served our meal were a credit to themselves and the staff. How wonderful to see...More

Thank Vicky M
Reviewed 19 July 2018

I visited with representatives of a charity which made a donation towards the cost of installing the new kitchen in the new women's prison, next door to High Down. This is impressive. We then went to High Down itself for lunch The skills taught to...More

3  Thank J P S
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Amazing three course lunch. Made & served bybthe prisoners. I would highly recommend going here. I want to try the others also!

Thank agnese b
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17 October 2018|
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Response from maggie9 | Reviewed this property |
I can't add to Bookworm2,s very sensible advice!
20 August 2018|
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Response from J P S | Reviewed this property |
I do not know about Christmas, as I am not part of the organisation; but I can say that couples, family groups, larger groups and business groups will all be catered for, well. There are, apparently, some businesses which... More
31 October 2017|
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Response from Joy2teddy | Reviewed this property |
I took 2 X 49 seat coaches, we were 91. They can seat up to 98. Be aware though that it took 2hrs to get us all through security and get in, and over an hour to check out.Well worth it,once you start the booking process... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$39
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Down Lane | Highdown Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater London  >  Sutton
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8678 9007
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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.
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