More details have been released about the fourth site for The Clink – the charity operating restaurants in prisons, staffed by offenders.

The new restaurant opens at HMP Styal in Cheshire on Thursday 30 April. It is the charity’s first outlet in a women’s prison. Bookings are now being taken and chief executive Chris Moore said there had already been a healthy demand for places.

Dishes on the spring menu include asparagus, spring onion, broad beans, peas and shaved Parmesan to start, spring lamb neck fillet and rump, mini fondant potatoes, wild garlic purée, charred spring onions and purple sprouting broccoli to follow and lemon posset, mini meringues, shortbread and basil sorbet to finish.

The women prisoners training in the restaurant officially began their training this month working towards gaining nationally recognised City & Guilds NVQs in food preparation and food service, under the guidance of experienced trainers and assessors.

John Hewitson, Governor of HMP Styal, said: “We are delighted to welcome this exciting partnership with The Clink Charity which I am certain will help us get more women into employment and, in turn, help reduce the risk of reoffending. When the restaurant opens, it will give the public an opportunity to see first-hand how we’re helping to prepare the women for release. All of the women in Styal will be returning to their communities at some point and it is vital that when they do they are better prepared to lead a law-abiding life than when they came into custody.”

The Clink Charity mentors each graduate weekly for a further six to 12 months once training is completed and prisoners are released, supporting them in finding full time employment.

Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, said: “The launch of The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal is testament to the ongoing success of the charity and its positive influence on the national rehabilitation of prisoners. This is the first restaurant we will operate in a women’s prison and through the use of The Clink’s Five Step Model of recruitment, training, support, employment and mentoring, we are contributing to the reduction in prisoner reoffending in the UK by training up to 30 prisoners at a time in the restaurant and kitchen. Each year we hope to release at least 50 trained and qualified women into employment within the hospitality industry.”

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