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25/09/14A 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 a more fluid journey when navigating the website and will simplify the bookings process. The final result will allow people to use the website to its full potential and glean as much information from it as possible which will help people to understand our aims and goals better.
The growth of the charity is gathering a momentum and the new website is another positive move for us as it will help us to spread the message of rehabilitation through education and skills training further.
We’ll bring you more information on this over the next couple of months.
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 training in the kitchen and front of house an insight into a high end hospitality environment.
Graham says, “The Clink Charity has already done such excellent training work with prisoners in the UK which has dramatically reduced reoffending rates and I am thrilled to have joined its Ambassador Programme.”
Adam joins the Ambassador Programme as chef ambassador, alongside fellow chefs, Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, Antonio Carluccio OBE and Giorgio Locatelli. He comments, “I am looking forward to working with the talented trainees in the kitchen to continue the great work of the charity and the people who have donated their time to educating and rehabilitating prisoners”.
As respected industry figures Graham, Adam and the other ambassadors help raise the charity’s profile and champion our mission of rehabilitating prisoners through education.
Click here to see who else is involved with The Clink.
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 to be located outside of the prison walls and works alongside HMP Prescoed to provide prisoners with training, in the kitchen restaurant and gardens. Since its opening two years ago, The Clink Restaurant has won several prestigious awards, including The Sustainable Restaurant Association’s 3 Star Award and The Craft Guild of Chefs Award for Education Excellence.
We have recently extended our opening times at HMP Cardiff to include Wednesday and Friday evenings, as well as Sunday lunches – the first of any Clink Restaurant to do so. The extended hours will enable the prisoners in training to gain experience of busy weekend and evening service, which provides further experience and strengthens their skill set when going into employment upon release.
The restaurant is also available for private bookings for a minimum of 25 guests, offering the perfect venue for meetings, small events and private dining within the city centre.
For Christmas bookings, the festive menu will be available from Monday 17th November until Friday 19th Decemeber for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday.
To book a table or enquire about an event place please click here.
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 festive favourites such as traditional turkey with all the trimmings and rich Christmas pudding. We have also incorporated a few more modern flavours, including citrus cured salmon gravlax, compressed cucumber and lemon mayonnaise and fillet of trout with brown shrimp and citrus butter
We love the season of goodwill by enjoying your Christmas celebrations in one of the restaurants you are supporting The Clink Charity whilst making a difference and changing somebody’s life. Not only do you get to enjoy a delicious homemade festive feast but you also give prisoners the training and experience they need to succeed once they’re released.
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