The Clink Restaurant in Cardiff to close

The Clink Restaurant in Cardiff, which is part of The Clink Charity and run by prisoners, is set to close after more than ten years after the lease was not renewed.

The Clink Charity will continue to maintain its presence in Wales through supporting graduates of the Clink Restaurant into employment and through its Clink Kitchen scheme, which trains prisoners in prison kitchens to become qualified to work in hospitality after release.

In May 2022, it was announced that the number of Clink Kitchens across the prison estate had quadrupled since September 2021. Supported by her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, the Clink Kitchen scheme will expand into even more prisons over the next year including HMP Cardiff and HMP Swansea.

Currently, there are 30 Clink Kitchens across the prison estate as of this month. The programme continues to expand with the next 20 due to open in the next six months.

Yvonne Thomas, The Clink Charity's CEO, commented, “It’s a sad day for us – Wales is such an important part of The Clink. Over the last 10 years, we have trained more than 400 serving prisoners and people on probation, helped them to get and keep jobs, and to stop people offending.

“We would like to thank our customers and patrons in Wales for their wonderful support over the last 10 years.

'We look forward to continuing our work in Wales training people who have offended in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service.”