Cardiff Prison restaurant set for September opening

April 10, 2012 3 Comments »
Cardiff Prison restaurant set for September opening

Cardiff Prison's visitor centre, bottom right, could be turned into a restaurant

A restaurant run by inmates at Cardiff Prison is set to open in September if the controversial plans are given the go-ahead.

The charity behind the concept – to be called The Clink – have announced the opening date of what could be the city’s most unique eatery.

As first reported in February, a planning application has been submitted to transform the prison’s former visitor centre, on Knox Road.

Diners will need high level security clearance, undergo a body search on arrival and have to hand over their mobile phones.

Other security measures would include plastic cutlery and a ban on alcohol.

The dishes would be cooked and served by criminals at the Category B prison who will be paid about £15 for a five-day working week.

If the plans are approved by Cardiff Council, it will be the second restaurant of its kind after the first opened at HMP High Down in Sutton, Surrey, three years ago.

A statement issued by The Clink Charity said: “This is an exciting project and a step in the right direction for the charity and its goal of reducing re-offending rates of ex-offenders by training them and finding them full-time employment within the hospitality industry upon their release.

“All income generated from the restaurant will go towards the running and operating costs of the restaurant which will be supplemented by donations and funding from philanthropic supporters.”

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  1. mike w April 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    "Cardiff Prison's visitor centre, bottom right, could be turned into a visitor centre" Top quality article

    • Your Cardiff April 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      Sorry Mike, an oversight on my part. Corrected now :)

  2. sharon bowden July 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    well i think its a grate idear for the men who are behind bars and tryin to make a mend and put thy past behind them at least giv them a chance my partner is hoping to have a place in the restrant when it opens im very prud ov you robert tallon from sharon bowden

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