Archive: September 2014

A new look for The Clink website

We are excited to announce that we have been working on a complete redesign of our website, which will be launched by the end of this year. The new website is being designed by award-winning web design agency Ignite Hospitality.
The reason we are building this new website is to enable us to clearly house the large amount of information we need in order to convey the many aspects of the charity and its training initiatives. It will also offer users […]


Graham Bamford and Adam Simmonds join our Ambassador Programme

We are pleased to announce two new members of The Clink Ambassador Programme this month. Accomplished hotelier Graham Bamford has been appointed as group mentoring ambassador and Michelin Star chef Adam Simmonds joins us as a chef ambassador at HMP High Down, strengthening our prisoner training further.
The Ambassador Programme was created to ensure a consistently high standard and wide range of training for the prisoners. Graham’s extensive experience in hospitality will further strengthen this and offer those […]


The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff turns two

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September has been a busy month for The Clink with new menus and building work starting at HMP Styal but it’s also been a very special one as the restaurant at HMP Cardiff celebrates its second birthday. This achievement is an incredible milestone for both the prisoners in training past and present and everyone who was involved with and supported the launch of the restaurant back in 2012.
HMP Cardiff was the first of our restaurants […]


A flavourful Christmas in The Clink

We’re well and truly in the Christmas spirit this year with the Christmas puddings merrily soaking up all those festive flavours and our seasonal menus available to book. As always, this year’s dishes are traditional, delicious and full of cheer and are the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends, family and colleagues, whilst giving something back.
The prisoners in training have worked closely with the chefs to create this year’s Christmas menu, which features all your […]


Training and graduate update

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It has been a busy year for us at The Clink Charity but we are pleased to announce that over the last nine months we have released a total of 42 graduates from across our three training restaurants, into employment.
In each restaurant, up to 26 prisoners train at a time, covering the kitchen and front of house service. Prisoners who are part of the training scheme spend between six and 18 months working and training. Clink […]


The Clink heads north for the latest prisoner training project

On 1st September 2014, building started at our fifth prisoner training facility – The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal in Cheshire. The building will see the disused St Andrew’s Chapel, located outside the prison walls, become the first Clink Restaurant to offer our training scheme to women prisoners, making its opening a real milestone for the charity’s growth.
Our latest restaurant follows the opening of The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton in February this year, as well as […]


The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down receives two award nominations

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We’re delighted that The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down has been nominated and shortlisted by Surrey Life for Restaurant of the Year and Best Local Menu in this year’s Food & Drink Awards. This comes after the restaurant at HMP High Down was also awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, for the second year in a row.
We pride ourselves on using locally sourced ingredients in our dishes to create tasty, seasonal menus that keep people coming […]


The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal to open in Cheshire in 2015 providing vital prisoner training to aid rehabilitation

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The Clink Charity and Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS) have confirmed there will be a fourth prisoner training restaurant, The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal in Cheshire. It will open its doors in 2015.
Following the opening of The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton in February this year and the recent launch of The Clink Gardens at HMP Send, the charity is halfway to achieving its goal of 10 facilities in operation by the end of 2017. […]


The Clink Charity appoints group mentoring ambassador to support prisoners’ continued educational development

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The Clink Charity is strengthening its Ambassador Programme as Graham Bamford joins the line-up of hospitality experts as group mentoring ambassador. As a charity that provides hospitality training to prisoners the support of dedicated industry professionals is paramount to its continued success, as they strengthen the educational offering, nurture the trainees and spread the word of The Clink to their peers.
As an accomplished hotelier and Master Innholder, Bamford has been appointed to provide […]


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