The Clink Restaurant voted 'Best Local Menu' in this year's Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards

The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down, the first prisoner training scheme of its kind to open in the UK, was awarded 'Best Local Menu' in the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2015, at a lavish awards ceremony held at Foxhills Hotel & Resort on Thursday 30th October.

Following months of public voting, the team were delighted to receive the accolade, which recognised The Clink Restaurant for its freshly cooked, flavoursome menus that are created using the very best locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

Awarded three stars from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) for the third year running this year, The Clink Restaurant demonstrates its commitment to sustainability through a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, including composting 50 tonnes of food waste a year and converting up to 2,500 litres of used fryer oil into bio-diesel. Joining forces with the HMP High Down's recycling department, all cardboard produced by the restaurant is sold to local mills with plastic bottles and cans being sold by the tonne for recycling.

The Clink Restaurant was also shortlisted in the 'Restaurant of the Year' award which was a huge achievement for the team with so many other fantastic restaurants in the county producing exceptional food, including three Michelin starred establishments.

Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity adds, “A huge thank you to all of you who voted for us, we're so grateful for your support and it's because of you that we are able to continue our work in rehabilitating prisoners and reducing reoffending rates, through training and education.”

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