The Clink Cardiff

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Clink Cardiff

Silver Award

Forget all those clichés about prison grub, this enterprising eatery at HMP Cardiff offers “fabulous food in a unique environment with a socially conscious twist”. Like its siblings at other HMPs, it 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. Delicious and high-quality meals are cooked and served by the prisoners in training, who are working towards their City & Guilds NVQs in Professional Cookery, Food Hygiene and Food & Beverage service. Everything down to the leather upholstery and boardroom tables have been made by prisoners at HMP Frankland and the poetry on display comes from former Clink trainees.

The dining room has a bright, clean-cut contemporary feel, while the food shows a strong European bias – from generous helpings of pan-fried trout with saffron potatoes, wilted rainbow chard and seaweed butter sauce to striploin and braised shin of beef with fondant potato, cauliflower purée, roasted shallots and bordelaise sauce. Start with a ballotine of guinea fowl and ham hock; finish with raspberry mille-feuille. Of course, no alcohol is allowed on the premises, but with “brilliant” food and service as standard, who cares. It’s “nice to see an initiative giving something back”, concludes one fan.

Note that all reservations are made through The Clink website, including ‘gourmet dinners’. The restaurant recommends booking with around 72 hours prior notice to guarantee your table but they do also accept walk-ins should you happen to be passing by.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating

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Location for The Clink Cardiff

HMP Cardiff, Knox Road, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF24 0UG

02920 923130


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 9am-11am 12N-3pm Sun 12N-3pm

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4 Reviews 

Lesley W

10 May 2017  
Great service and menu. Nice to see an initiative giving something back.


05 May 2017  
Fabulous food in a unique environment that has a socially conscious twist. The service is always brilliant considering the prisoners are in training towards becoming waiters and chefs and the food is delicious. A worthy charity to support while enjoying great food.

Shan C

its a wow
03 July 2016  
from the time we walked through the door up until we left we were treated with great respect by all staff and not just the ones whom were waiting on you. The food was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. We had carrot soup with sourdough bread, my husband had the beef dinner and I had the veggie option which we enjoyed, we were both very full so waited awhile to let that go down as we really wanted desserts and oh boy are we glad we did. I will not say any more on this as you really do have to go there yourselves and indulge in all of the experience so hope that all of you that go will enjoy as much as we did, I do have one complaint though and that is there is way too much food lol enjoy
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Jane W

21 November 2013  
Cardiff has long been a disappointment for food lovers, so this restaurant is a welcome oasis in the desert. The food was exceptional: beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. My companion and I had venison and pheasant – each accompanied by a variety of decorative and tasty vegetables. All the staff we spoke to were helpful, friendly and responsive to our needs. Atmosphere was great – lighting and decor clean-cut and modern. It is worth mentioning that the prices are very reasonable for food of this standard – under £20 a head for 2 starters, 2 mains and 4 coffees. It's hard to think of anything negative to say, but if I have one teeny concern, it is that the tables are quite closely packed. When full, the room could become a bit overwhelming. However, that is a minor quibble, as the food and service would overcome any other considerations.
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