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The Clink Restaurant

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Highdown Highdown Lane | Highdown Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ, England
442086789007
Today
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

... in a really great environment and making a real impact on the community. What isn't five star about that! It does take a while to register you on your first visit, but it's worth it

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Thank Colin P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is attached to the prison HMP High Down in Sutton. Not your usual meal out as you have security checks due to the staff being prisoners. The restaurant layout is clean and classy and has a nice atmosphere and the staff/ prisoners are extremely helpful. The food is quite expensive but is good quality and very tasty. There... More 

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Thank Kev G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great food and atmosphere, lovely ambiance. Delicious food with real flavour w.ith great aromas and great presentation

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Thank daniel e
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Clink for a team Christmas lunch in the middle of December and found it to be a truly excellent culinary and interesting experience. The food and the service was high quality. I'd recommend visiting to anyone and wholly commend the initiative.

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Thank John O
London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The Clink restaurant in Highdown Prison is amazing. Once you have got over the Shawshank Redemption moment on going through high security to access it is a revelation. Great space, atmosphere but more importantly the food is fantastic and the staff (prisoners) charming well trained and attentive

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Thank FinefoodLondon
Epsom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Just returned from an amazing meal at The Clink. Our waiter, Daniel was attentive and ensured our meal was one of the most enjoyable Christmas meals I have ever had. The Goats Cheese starter, Turkey roast (with pigs in blankets) and Christmas pudding were simply awesome. I was blown away by the professionalism of all staff throughout my visit and... More 

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Thank PW33838
East Molesey, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Our third visit to this amazing project, where HMP encourages prisoners to gain confidence, achieve an NVQ and gives them helpful advice for job-seeking for when they are released. Delicious food, keen and attentive service and a lovely dining room, from where the busy and efficient kitchen is in full view. Sorry, but no cameras and no photos allowed, for... More 

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Thank John_and_Rosie504169
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

"The Clink" is a restaurant run as a training scheme for prisoners so that they return to public life with skills that will enable them to find employment. If the standard of food and service is anything to go by all those we met deserve to be working in the best London hotels. The cuisine was excellent whilst the service... More 

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Thank Surreytripper_11
Croydon, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

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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Thank liasusan6
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 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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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
Thursday
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:15 - 10:30
12:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Highdown Highdown Lane | 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 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. 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?