Celebrate The Clink’s 10th birthday with some of Surrey’s top chefs

PUBLISHED: 10:25 22 March 2019

90 guests enjoyed the Surrey Life lunch at The Clink last year (Andy Newbold Photography)

90 guests enjoyed the Surrey Life lunch at The Clink last year (Andy Newbold Photography)

Andy Newbold Photography

Following a sold-out event last year, we’ve again teamed up with The Clink Charity to host an exclusive 10th birthday lunch, cooked by three of Surrey’s best chefs and prisoners in training at HMP High Down

This May, The Clink celebrates 10 years since it opened its first restaurant inside HMP High Down. To mark the landmark occasion, Surrey Life has again joined forces with the charity and three of the county’s top chefs to host an exclusive readers’ lunch.

Prison might not sound like the ideal venue for a slap-up meal but each weekday prisoners at The Clink restaurant at HMP High Down, put on a pretty good spread and for this special lunch, they will be joined by three of the county’s top chefs.

The trio includes Michelin-starred chef and owner of Sorrel (2018 Surrey Life Restaurant of the Year), Steve Drake; 2018 Surrey Life Chef of the year finalist Paul Baker, who has owned Kinghams in Shere for 25 years; and Masterchef 2008 quarter-finalist and private chef, Daniel Britten.

The three chefs will take a course each, leading a small team of prisoners in preparing, cooking and serving the dishes, giving diners an exclusive opportunity to experience cooking by a hat-trick of leading chefs at one sitting, while also giving back to charity.

Reoffending costs the UK economy up to £13bn a year with 46 per cent of adult prisoners re-convicted within one year of release. The Clink’s five-step training programme helps offenders break the cycle of crime, by nurturing self-belief, through learning work place skills and offering nationally recognised qualifications.

The Five Steps: Recruit, Train, Support, Employ and Mentor dramatically reduces the rate of reoffending, with those who have completed the programme 49.6 per cent less likely to reoffend.

Prisoners in the last six to 18 months of their sentence are trained to gain accredited qualifications in catering to improve their employability

upon release. The restaurant is open to the public and is designed to simulate a professional working environment while also breaking down barriers and changing attitudes towards prisoners.

“The Clink Charity breaks the cycle of crime by changing attitudes both inside and outside of the prison, creating second chances and transforming lives whilst reducing reoffending rates for the benefit of society as a whole,” says charity chief executive Christopher Moore. “On release, our support workers assist Clink graduates with employment, accommodation and anything else that will help them reintegrate back into society.”

Many of The Clink’s graduates have gone to work in some of the country’s top restaurants and catering companies. This event will give current trainees a taste of what it would be like working for award-winning chefs.


• Where: The Clink, HMP High Down, High Down Lane, Sutton SM2 5PJ

• When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019. noon. Arrive by 11.15am for security checks

• Cost: £39.95 per head, which includes a welcome mocktail and three-course meal.

• To purchase tickets for this exclusive event, click here


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