New Clink restaurant in Cheshire opens

Date Posted: 30/04/2015

The fourth Clink restaurant has opened today in Cheshire.

The Clink restaurant at HMP Styal, Cheshire has officially opened its doors today to the general public with prisoners working in the kitchen and front of house as part the Clink Charity’s Five Step Programme.

The century old, disused chapel within the prison grounds has been transformed into a Clink prisoner training restaurant, the first to operate in a prison for women. Many of the church’s original features, such as the organ pipes, vaulted wood ceiling and stained glass windows still remain.

The Clink Charity, in partnership with Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS), provides trainees with a 40 hour working week and trains them towards gaining nationally recognised NVQs in food service and food preparation, before returning to the prison each evening.

The 120-seater restaurant, situated within the prison grounds but outside the prison walls, will be open to the public for lunch Monday to Friday, with evening and weekend opening times to be introduced later in the year. A private dining room is also available to seat 24 people. 

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