The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal has been ranked number one on TripAdvisor by the region’s diners, out of more than 2,000 restaurants in Cheshire (correct as of 5th August 2015).
This achievement comes just three months after opening and sits alongside the restaurant’s 3 Star Sustainable Restaurant Association Award, given to the restaurant earlier this year for the management of its social and environmental impact and commitment to sustainable practices.
Opened in April 2015, the restaurant at HMP Styal trains up to 30 women prisoners who are all working towards gaining their City & Guilds NVQs in Food Service and Food Preparation. The prisoners in training work a 40 hour week to create and serve a menu of classic dishes with a modern British twist, each made using fresh, high quality and locally sourced ingredients.
Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity says, “The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal is the fourth restaurant we’ve opened to the public and it’s fantastic to see that the public are appreciating this unique dining experience. To receive such positive feedback from our diners encourages the prisoners in training to continue their hard work and commitment to changing their lives and reinforces the charity as a force for positive change in reducing reoffending rates. The award-winning Clink model trains and rehabilitates prisoners in preparation for their release into the wider community and having a busy restaurant enables the women to train in a true-to-life working environment.”
Each diner who visits The Clink Restaurant is helping to provide a realistic setting that is essential for the continued development of the prisoners in training whilst also raising crucial funds to support the continued growth of The Clink Charity in order to continue reducing reoffending.
Visit www.theclinkcharity.org to book a table at The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal and to find out more about supporting the charity’s other initiatives.