The Clink Charity runs four restaurants in the UK, created to rehabilitate prison inmates, in Brixton in London, Cardiff, High Down near Banstead in Surrey, and Styal near Wilmslow in Cheshire. Opened in 2009, the Clink restaurants now serve 4000 diners a month, and have reduced reoffending rates among the staff by 41%.
The prisoners working in the restaurant and kitchen are working towards City & Guilds NVQs in Food Preparation, Food Service and Customer Service. These qualifications are a great advantage to finding employment in the hospitality industry when they’re released. So not only will you enjoy great food in fantastic surroundings, you’re helping to give someone a second chance at a successful life.
At Styal, for example, the restaurant is within the ground of the HMP Styal women’s prison. You can enjoy delicious food that’s prepared and served by 30 prisoners who take part in the Clink training scheme, using the latest cooking techniques. The menu currently includes guinea fowl, sea bass and ratatouille, with desserts of millefeuille and chocolate fondant!
The Clink has also set up gardens at HMP Send in Surrey, where female prisoners can gain experience and City & Guilds NVQ qualifications in horticulture.