Are you looking for a dining experience that makes a difference? Recently, my partner and I took a trip to The Clink Restaurant; a restaurant run within the grounds of the HMP Cardiff (on Knox Road). The locally produced, high quality food is prepared and served by prisoners in training. The aim of restaurant is to reduce reoffending, by providing a new lease of life for the prisoners through training in relevant qualifications and interaction with customers.
Before we arrived, we were both unsure what to expect from our visit to The Clink. But, we were pleasantly surprised when we first stepped inside the restaurant. We were greeted by the friendly staff, and loved the sleek interior, with chairs and tables made by prisoners at HMP Frankland.
For starters, we both opted for the soup of the day (which was parsnip) with sourdough bread. The fresh bread was a lovely accompaniment to the flavoursome soup.
For our mains, we both ordered the braised short of beef, colcannon, leeks, parsnip crisps with a beef jus. The beef was tender and topped with a smooth, silky beef jus. The variety of fresh, seasonal vegetables complimented the rich taste of the beef.
Despite the generous portion sizes, we had enough room for dessert. I picked the chocolate tart with gingerbread ice cream, a sweet and spicy treat to finish a terrific meal. Ryan picked the sticky date pudding with toffee sauce and buttermilk ice cream; a rich, decadent pudding that left him feeling full to the brim by the end of all three courses.
Our dining experience at The Clink Restaurant was the best we’ve had. The Clink is no ordinary restaurant; the extraordinary food is served with an extraordinary sentiment: that people have and should get a second chance. Every meal was served with a smile, and we left with smiles on our faces knowing places like The Clink exist to serve a second chance to people.
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Knox Road, Cardiff CF24 0UG