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The Clink Cymru
The Clink Cymru at HMP Cardiff opened to the public in September 2012 and operates using a similar structure to The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down. Over 30 category D prisoners from HMP Prescoed and HMP Cardiff work full-time within the 96 cover restaurant and kitchen and train towards gaining nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQ qualifications before returning to their retrospective prisons at the end of the working day. Upon their release, The Clink Charity will help graduates find employment within the Welsh catering and hospitality industry.
Although situated outside the prison walls, the restaurant is a flagship example of a unique charitable project that is committed to reducing re-offending rates throughout Wales in partnership with HMPS. The restaurant positively promotes the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners and also champions the wealth of quality, fresh and organic produce available throughout Wales with the vast majority of ingredients such as vegetables, fruit, meat and poultry and herbs coming for the farms and gardens department at HMP Prescoed.
Available for exclusive hire, The Clink Cymru boasts a private dining room that can seat 24 and offers projector and AV facilities that can be used for meetings, conferences and presentations.
The 96 cover restaurant will, unlike The Clink Restaurant at High Down, be open to the general public.
Monday – 6.45am until 3pm
Tuesday – 6.45am until 3pm
Wednesday – 6.45am until 3pm (the last Wednesday of the month will have a reservation-only evening sitting at 7pm)
Thursday – 6.45am until 3pm (the last Thursday of the month the restaurant opens at 10am)
Friday – 6.45am until 3pm
Saturday & Sunday – Closed
The last Wednesday of every month, the restaurant will be open for a reservation-only evening sitting at 7pm closing at 9.30pm. Canapés and non alcoholic Bucks Fizz will be served upon arrival followed by a set four-course menu and coffee for £39.95 per person.
The 2013 dates for Wednesday evening sittings are as follows:
24th April, 29th May, 26th June, 31st July, 28th August, 25th Sep and 30th Oct for the set four-course menu and 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 10th Dec and 17th Dec for the Christmas menu.
The Clink Cymru will:
- Produce highly trained ex-offenders for the Welsh catering and hospitality industry
- Promote Welsh produce across the UK
- Be a flagship example of a project that is committed to reducing re-offending rates in Wales
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