Archive: November 2012

Awards Update

The Clink Charity received two awards from the Chris Donovan Trust, devoted ambassadors for restorative justice raising awareness  of youth crime across the UK. The awards were presented by Mr Jeremy Wright MP, prisons minister, to Al Crisci on behalf of the charity. The first award was a special honour that recognised The Clink Charity for the hard work and dedication to reduce re-offending rates in the UK. The second award was presented personally to Al Crisci in recognition of […]


Meet the newest Clink team members

Since 1st August 2012, chef Al Crisci, director of operations, is now working fulltime for The Clink Charity on secondment from Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS) and now fully oversees the day to day running of both Clink restaurants along with his team.
We would like to introduce several new members to both the team at HMP High Down and the team at HMP Cardiff:
The Clink Restaurant, HMP High Down                         
Natalie Adams has joined us as general manager having previously worked […]


The Clink graduates create canapés for The Prison Reform Trust

We are delighted to be serving 2,400 canapés to 600 guests, at The Friends Meeting House in Euston, after the annual Prison Reform lecture has been given by Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, Commissioner on Women Offenders in Scotland, chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws QC, FRSA, on Monday 26th November. All the canapés will be made by training prisoners at The Clink Restaurant, High Down and kindly delivered to London by 3663.
Dame Elish Angiolini is the former […]


The Longford Lecture: ‘Mind Bending Behind Bars: Drug Use in British Prisons’

On Thursday 22nd November the team at The Clink Restaurant, High Down, will be providing catering for the Longford Lecture, an annual event run by The Longford Trust, for the third year in a row.
The yearly lecture, titled ‘Mind Bending Behind Bars: Drug Use in British Prisons’, is to be given by Will Self, respected author and BBC Radio 4 contributor. The prisoners in training at The Clink Restaurant will be making over 2,000 canapés on the day with director of […]


A roundtable discussion with Caterer & Hotelkeeper

On Friday 5th October, The Clink Charity hosted a roundtable discussion on ‘employing ex-offenders’ in the Grosvenor Suite at The Clink Restaurant, HMP High Down.
In partnership with leading hospitality industry publication, Caterer & Hotelkeeper, the goal of the roundtable was to address some of the challenges and perceptions of employing ex-offenders in the hospitality industry. James Stagg, content editor for Caterer & Hotelkeeper, chaired the roundtable and invited attendees to discuss the most common myths around employing someone with a […]


Stephen Terry Cooks Christmas

On Tuesday 11th December, Stephen Terry, Welsh-born Michelin star chef, will be at The Clink Cymru at HMP Cardiff to cook alongside the prisoners in training and host an exclusive three course ‘British Christmas’ fundraising lunch to raise awareness and funds for The Clink Charity. Stephen was appointed chef ambassador of The Clink Cymru upon its opening in September 2012.
Working as a chef all over the world, Stephen has gathered a wealth of knowledge from different countries, learning and understanding […]


Antonio Carluccio’s Italian Christmas at The Clink Restaurant

On Monday 3rd December, Antonio Carluccio will be at The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down to cook alongside the prisoners in training and host an exclusive three course Christmas fundraising lunch to raise awareness and funds for The Clink Charity.
Antonio Carluccio is seen as the Godfather of Italian gastronomy and one of the greatest Italian chefs in Britain bringing over 50 years’ experience of cooking and eating authentic, regional, Italian food Antonio Carluccio to the table.
Working closely with The […]


The Clink Restaurant, High Down awarded a 3 Star sustainability rating

We are thrilled that The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down has been recognised as one of the country’s most sustainable restaurants and awarded three stars, in the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) Sustainability Rating. The prestigious accolade positions us within an elite group of sustainably conscious restaurants that includes Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage.
Impressing the SRA’s assessors in all three main areas – sourcing, environment and society, The Clink Restaurant at High Down was […]


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