Archive: January 2014

New year, new role and a new face at The Clink

We are pleased to announce that Jane Sanderson has been appointed as operations director of The Clink Restaurants, assuming overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of its three prisoner training restaurants.
An experienced project manager with in-depth knowledge of the hospitality industry, Jane’s new role as operations director for The Clink Restaurants will see her work in partnership with Al Crisci, in his new role as brand and training director. With the restaurants registered as City and Guilds training centres, Al […]

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Vic Laws speaking at Poverty & Homelessness Action Week

On Wednesday 29th January, from 7pm, The Clink Restaurant Ambassador Vic Laws will be speaking on behalf of the charity at Winchester Churches Nightshelter’s Poverty and Homelessness Action Week evening at the Winchester Discovery Centre.
Talking on the theme of ‘Trust Matters: Working to Rebuild Shattered Lives’ and the importance of employment in rebuilding trust and confidence for the homeless and other disadvantaged people, Vic will be demonstrating how projects such as The Clink can transform lives.
Vic will also be sharing his […]

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Range of menus launched especially for groups

As so many groups like to join us for lunch and show their support for the charity, we’ve launched our brand new group menus that offer a set three-course menu. Made using seasonal British ingredients, the menus have been created by Al Crisci.
Menu highlights include venison carpaccio with poached celeriac & chilli chocolate dressing to start, followed by stone bass with slow roasted cherry tomatoes, sweet potato fondant & seasonal vegetables. Puddings include a celebration of English apples and a […]

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Stats, graduations & achievements

With January drawing to a close we’ve had a look back at our achievements over the last four and a half years, especially with 2013 looking to be our most successful year to date. Since launching in May 2009, The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down has trained 386 prisoners in food preparation, food service and industrial cleaning.
105 graduates have been released from High Down and only six of these have reoffended. We are in the process of having our […]

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Brixton Progress Update: less than one month until launch day

With the launch of The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton a little over four weeks away, it’s full steam ahead with 28 prisoners recruited and starting their training on 5th February– 14 training in the kitchen and 14 in front of house service.
The restaurant itself is now almost complete and the meeting rooms and private dining room are ready for the restaurant’s official opening to the public on Thursday 27th February. The design of the restaurant is in keeping with […]

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New season menus are now available

Our new menus have now been created by Al Crisci and the team and are available at both of the training restaurants, at Cardiff and High Down, as of this week. Created with seasonality in mind, the menus offer diners fresh, flavoursome dishes that have been made using locally sourced ingredients that are in their prime.
Choose from a range of starters that include pressed ham hock terrine with apple gel and vanilla scented English goats cheese with compressed plum & […]

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The Clink Charity expands prisoner training portfolio with Clink Events

The Clink Charity has launched Clink Events following an increase in corporate event catering requests which prompted the decision to make external catering part of the charity’s continued expansion, working in collaboration with other like-minded social enterprises.
For the fourth year in a row The Clink Charity was invited to supply 3,000 canapés for the Longford Lecture in November, an annual event run by The Longford Trust. This year however was slightly different as the charity invited Centre Point, a charity […]

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