The delicious, high-quality meals at The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton are cooked and served by the prisoners in training who are working towards gaining their City & Guilds NVQs in Food & Beverage Service, Professional Cookery and Food Hygiene. Our team at Brixton have been providing takeaway meals for HMP Brixton staff on duty during lockdown and also a take home facility for them via our Clink&Collect service, and we are delighted to be serving the public again through this initiative. Situated in the old governor’s house dating back to 1819, the air-conditioned restaurant allows prisoners to learn, engage with the public and take their first steps towards a new life. All the leather upholstery and boardroom tables are made by prisoners at HMP Frankland and poetry is from former Clink trainees. The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton is consistently placed in the Top 10 restaurants in London on TripAdvisor, and in 2017 all of our restaurants held the Number 1 spot for six months. A recent report issued by The Charity details the investment of philanthropic grants and donations to build its training restaurants and gardens in prison since opening its doors 10 years ago. The programme estimates it has created savings of £38m to the taxpayer during The Clink’s tenure through its targeted programme to reduce reoffending.
Fine dining, catering and take away service
The original concept of The Clink Restaurant was created by Alberto Crisci MBE, then catering manager at HMP High Down in Surrey. He recognised real potential in the prisoners working in the kitchens and introduced accredited City & Guilds NVQ training. The Clink Charity is now in its tenth year of achieving stellar results and has one of the lowest reoffending rates in the UK. The Clink clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when society collectively engages to help those who want and deserve a second chance.
Changing attitudes, transforming lives and creating second chances We are proud that alongside our partner, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, we continue to achieve extraordinary outcomes, meeting our key objective of reducing reoffending. We do this in an economical way while delivering our core values of compassion, professionalism and integrity, in an environment that can sometimes seem bleak, with so many daily challenges. The prisoners at each of The Clink training projects train up to 40-hours a week whilst working towards gaining their City & Guilds National Vocational Qualifications. Simulating a professional working environment, prisoners with six to eighteen months of their sentence left to serve volunteer for the programme, going through full-time training in order to reach the required level to succeed in their respective industry.
Sustainability Recycling food, recycling packaging, recycling lives.
Charity A gold star approach to governance, influencing policy, effecting change, excellent relationship with industry ambassadors Since the first Clink Restaurant opened in 2009 we have received much recognition and respect from the hospitality industry. To date, we have received more than 60 awards including a Princess Royal Training Award in 2019, Charity of the Year at the 2017 Charity Awards and the Social Enterprise Award at the Centre for Social Justice Awards in 2017 College Accredited City & Guilds training, real-life working environment, ‘outstanding provider’ recognised by OFSTED, builds teamwork Restaurant High quality ingredients, high standards, breaking down barriers, changing the public perception of serving prisoners Reintegration Reduced chance of Clink graduate reoffending by 65.6%, credible solution to industry skills-gap, making society safer
This is a hugely successful restaurant and brilliant project. The quality of the cooking, the fresh ingredients and friendly, professional service is outstanding. One of the best restaurants in London!
We had an incredible meal at Brixton, the food and service were top class, we really rate this restaurant!
Can’t wait to try the new home dining service!
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