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Forget all those clichés about prison food, this enterprising eatery at HMP Cardiff is “a wow”. Like its siblings in HMP Brixton, High Down and Styal, the venue was set up by the Clink Charity as a training establishment for inmates and an ‘opportunity for rehabilitation’ – all supported by local businesses and members of the public. “A fantastic restaurant with a good moral outcome”, notes one fan, and he’s not alone in praising Clink’s attributes. The dining room has a bright, clean-cut contemporary feel, while the food shows a strong Mediterranean bias with local and organic produce often served in “artful ways” – from generous helpings of roast chicken breast with rösti, charred baby leeks, bacon crisp and truffle jus to red-pepper polenta with char-grilled radicchio, red pepper purée, green beans and soy foam. Start with a heritage tomato tart and kale pesto; finish with chocolate marquise and salted caramel bonbons. Of course, no alcohol is allowed on the premises, but with food this good, who cares. There’s also the option of pre-bookable ‘gourmet suppers’ (Wed-Fri); all reservations are made through The Clink website.

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