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Monkey Island Brasserie & Bar

4.4
4.4
222 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British

With its vaulted ceilings, impressive wine wall and striking open-kitchen, The Monkey Island Brasserie in Bray is the perfect setting for a long lunch, quintessentially English Afternoon Tea or an exquisite dinner.

Afternoon Tea may be enjoyed here or in an entrancing setting with a famous Renaissance ceiling. Cocktails and drinks are served in front of the welcoming fireplace in the stylish bar.

Classic French doors lead out to the picturesque terrace where guests can enjoy outdoor dining whilst admiring the idyllic views of the River Thames.

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Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday Roast Sun 12:00–18:00 Afternoon Tea Sat 12:00–16:30 Sun 15:00–16:30 Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–14:30 Sat 12:00–18:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    01628 623400

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Tyndall

  • Private party facilities

    COUNTRYSIDE EVENT VENUE NEAR LONDON Monkey Island Estate offers the perfect setting for any event or celebration. Accessed only by footbridge, boat or helicopter and surrounded by elegant gardens, Monkey Island Estate is reminiscent of a secluded paradise, yet is only 10 minutes from Windsor and less than an hour's drive from Central London. Picturesque and private, this remarkable venue will create unforgettable and precious memories of your special event. Featuring the stately and spacious Ballroom, the graceful River Room and our more intimate Spencer Suite and Boardroom, Monkey Island Estate has event spaces for every occasion. Whether you are looking to hold a board meeting, a memorable corporate retreat, an important business conference or private dining event near London, we can accommodate all your needs. For further details or to discuss your requirements, please contact our dedicated Events Manager by: Email: events@monkeyislandestate.co.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 1628 623 400

  • Area

    Bray

  • Parking Details

    ParkingAccess to the island is via a footbridge. There is ample complimentary parking on the mainland prior to crossing the footbridge.Disabled car parking spaces are available.

  • Public Transit

    By rail from London Paddington to Maidenhead StationThe train journey takes 40 minutes. Monkey Island Estate is a 10-minute taxi ride from Maidenhead station.By BoatThere are mooring points on the mainstream side along the gardens. Reservation is required prior to arrival, subject to availability and mooring fee apply.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea by The Thames

    £35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Beautifully situated on a private island in the River Thames at Bray, visitors will have their very own private countryside escape to enjoy, surrounded by picturesque views and beautifully manicured gardens. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the elegant main dining room, on the terrace with views of the River Thames, or in an entrancing setting with a famous Renaissance ceiling.

What 222 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Berkshire

    Romance

  • Berkshire

    Scenic View

  • Berkshire

    Special Occasions

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  1. RH

    RayH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    I think we were unfortunate, as this is a lovely hotel in a great location, but we were disappointed with our visit. Hopefully for them we were just unlucky. The service was good and attentive and the layout of the restaurant and the view were lovely, but the food really let the whole thing down. My daughter and I eat out a lot, but we were very disappointed with the small choice on the menu, and the composition of the dishes. An example was that my octopus starter and my daughter's chicken main dish had the same sauce! Imagine if one of us had chosen that combination - to be honest I would have sent the main course back. The cost of the dishes was very high, for what we felt was nondescript food - obviously the hotel is charging more than it should do because of the lack of custom over the last year or so. We decided not to have a pudding as we knew the bill would be astronomical. Allowing for the fact that we had a glass of rose fizz to start with (but no other alcohol) we felt that the bill of almost £150 for the two of us was well overpriced, in our experience. It was a real shame... but unfortunately we won't be coming again.

  2. CF

    ChineseFoodFan

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    This place is the hidden gem of Bray (Forget The Fat Duck and the Waterside Inn which are both overrated and overpriced) and seems to enjoying staying anonymous as you never see it advertised or promoted on the usual social media platforms. Monkey Island has to be one of the most unique settings situated on its own island in the middle of the River Thames yet accessible to junction 8/9 of the M4 within 10 minutes. The bar and grill

  3. MZ

    MZSEMIPERMANENTMAKEUP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    ent for dinner to this beautiful place and we are so impressed with everything! Food was so so so delicious , thanks to the chef 👨‍🍳 Service top 👌🏻 Very knowledgeable about food and wine 🍷 very friendly and polite stuff . Been to so many places but this was the best ! Thanks a lot for such a lovely atmosphere ❤️

  4. JM

    JourdanM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Better than expected, really enjoyed the food would definitely have it again. Price was good but wasn't cheap.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food, although limited choice. Service good. Venue superb on a beautiful summer evening.

  6. SG

    SarahG

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Really great atmosphere We would definitely stay and dine there again

  7. T

    Tiggy

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is really delicious, service was immaculate, a really lovely night

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    A little disappointing. We had the last lunch setting which is probably in hindsight not the best option to take as it had a between service feel to it with the restaurant being

  9. LF

    LouiseF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Delicious afternoon tea in lovely surroundings at Monkey Island

  10. d

    debbiew

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Food was delicious for a Sunday lunch. The only complaint was the air conditioning was unnecessarily on a it was chilly. Would return though :) All your staff were very good (discreet) and helpful. Thank you

  11. MM

    MattMcE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Nice food with good service. It’s in a lovely location but difficult to find.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful ambiance, good food Great service

  13. s

    sjr1965

    Surrey

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Peaceful surroundings with a relaxing view, topped with gorgeous food. Smoked Haddock or Smoked Trout for us. Starters of Salmon and Prawn cocktail Finished with Chocolate Mousse and Creme Brulee A wonderful anniversary lunch for us both

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Andrei , the head waiter was fantastic. He went above and beyond to ensure we had a good experience. The food was good casual dining food and the setting was beautiful. There arent many tables which can be difficult when its busy

  15. D

    Disappointing

    London

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5

    We looked at the online menu and were excited for foie gras, ox cheek, and spiced cod. None were on offer. So many very simple salad dishes, beetroot salad, tomato salad, aubergine dish, Caesar salad etc, very poor. My daughter only had a starter of smoked salmon, there was nothing else for her. The Cambridge burnt cream was the best ever though. The passion fruit colada cocktail was amazing and the building is stunning.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Both the service and food were exceptional.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the venue, the food and the cocktail bar, staff were very friendly. Felt the steak was over priced but very delicious

  18. GE

    GourmetE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent experience. Would highly recommend a visit

  19. KK

    KlaudiaK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love it, it was an awesome sight to see. The afternoon tea was filling and the service was impeccable.

  20. MC

    MarkC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Lovely evening, staff were very friendly and attentive.

  21. A

    Andree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gorgeous food, lovely riverside view, great service, beautiful Berkshire island.

  22. ST

    SharTimms

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The place is iconic and gorgeous. The bar was busy and the staff while friendly were extremely busy. I was unfortunately disappointed with the food. The menu was very limited. I had the tomato salad for an entree and the produce was extremely poor. There was no flavour in the tomato’s at all. It was described as a heirloom tomato salad and I literally had one slice. With other tomato’s placed it. If you can’t get good quality produce it is better to take off the menu. The main I had fish and it was cooked beautifully. It was a lovely dish. The others in my party had burgers which they all enjoyed. I do feel it’s important to mention the food is cooked well and the staff are very nice and friendly and do their utmost. You can certainly enjoy a lovely drink or two in a casual dining setting.

  23. q

    qubit789

    Berkshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    A beautiful sunny day made this an unparalleled location, enjoying views over the beautiful grounds and river. Wonderful service from genuinely friendly staff. Our afternoon tea itself was good: very good scones and cakes; the sandwiches though were a little overpowering with their flavours (in particular the beef and horseradish), which made it difficult to enjoy the flavours of the teas themselves. The manager was gracious with the feedback and hopefully a more delicate horseradish flavour will be worked on. A nice touch was the little birthday cake, very decoratively done. Looking forward to returning for an actual meal.

  24. g

    gemini0806

    Berkshire

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Beautifully furnished. Overlooking the river. Spacious tabkes. Decent wine list. Could have been bigger choice on the food menu but the dishes we chose were excellent quality and well presented. Service was generally attentive..but of a delay in getting the bill.

  25. W

    Woody

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, had a wonderful evening, great food and very well looked after by all the staff!

  26. OL

    OliL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing. The staff were so kind and helpful. The cocktails were amazing. We spent over 3hrs at the restaurant and had the best Sunday lunch in a long long time!

  27. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening in beautiful location - much recommended

  28. M

    Mm88

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing staff, amazing food, always have a good time and will definately be back again!

  29. JL

    JadwigaL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful venue and fantastic food. Love that the bar tender and kitchen team wear flat caps. Very unique. We will be back.

  30. ED

    EricD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Low key professional service made this a very pleasant experience. The menu selections are somewhat but the quality of the food and its presentation are excellent. We had a midweek lunch in the Brasserie which was very quiet and the waiter went out f his way to make sure that we were well looked after. A wobbly table was immediately stabilised and when we pointed out an ugly view from a side window he immediacy and without any fuss lowered the blinds so that we could not see it. Don't get the wrong idea the views from the Brasserie restaurant are stunning. Beware: When walking in the grounds do not go near the chicken one of them bit one guest and attacked two others! Not cheap but good value for money if you appreciate fine ding with a very good wine list and some at prices which are affordable.

  31. SP

    SuzetteP

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful atmosphere and beautiful setting for a balmy spring evening. Great choice of vegetarian options as well as meat, poultry and fish. The staff were courteous and friendly. Great choice of cocktails and mocktails, wine and spirits. The only shame is that we could not try the dessert as we were too full from our starters and main course. We will definitely be back again!

  32. f

    frenchdiner

    Berkshire

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very good service and very good food. Just be mindful that it can get a bit pricey especially with wine. But still recommend that place.

  33. MA

    MALAP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and delicious food. Very good size portions. Easter set menu was lovely. Will definitely be returning.

  34. S

    Spinningcats

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and service were excellent.The only blot was that due to not enough staff we weren't able to order drinks outside before our lunch. We could get drinks and take them outside but then there were no cushions on the wrought iron furniture, which made it rather uncomfortable. After lunch we would have sat outside on the terrace again but for the above problem

  35. K

    Kathy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    I did struggle to find something that I liked on the menu (lunch). I chose the warm green salad which wasn’t a good choice.

  36. S

    Simon

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic food, perfectly professional staff with that excellent blend of efficiency and friendliness. Also, the location is unique, refurbished and absolutely delightful. You may gather from this review that we had a truly brilliant evening.

  37. VD

    ValerieD

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my husband’s 80th birthday and we all enjoyed the evening very much. The staff were very attentive, the food exceptional and it was a friendly place. The bought a profiterole out with a candle on it and plate was decorated in chocolate saying happy birthday. The decoration was exceptional in chocolate.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The venue is outstanding and food excellent. The staff were great however there was a slight disconnect on arrival but hope this was a one off as will go again and again. Highly recommend.

  39. JH

    JamesH

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was top notch, the salmon trout being exceptional followed by a to die for mousse. Service was swift, friendly and the waitress knowldgeable about the menu. We will certainly be visiting again.

  40. F

    Fintan

    Berkshire

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good breakfast in a nice location, attentive staff.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Monkey Island Brasserie & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 222 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

June 2022
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Tue
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Experiences are available.
Google Map for Monkey Island Brasserie & Bar

Bray-On-Thames Monkey Island Lane Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 2EE

Additional information

  • Area

    Bray

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday Roast Sun 12:00–18:00 Afternoon Tea Sat 12:00–16:30 Sun 15:00–16:30 Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–14:30 Sat 12:00–18:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    ParkingAccess to the island is via a footbridge. There is ample complimentary parking on the mainland prior to crossing the footbridge.Disabled car parking spaces are available.

  • Public Transit

    By rail from London Paddington to Maidenhead StationThe train journey takes 40 minutes. Monkey Island Estate is a 10-minute taxi ride from Maidenhead station.By BoatThere are mooring points on the mainstream side along the gardens. Reservation is required prior to arrival, subject to availability and mooring fee apply.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Tyndall

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01628 623400

  • Private party facilities

    COUNTRYSIDE EVENT VENUE NEAR LONDON Monkey Island Estate offers the perfect setting for any event or celebration. Accessed only by footbridge, boat or helicopter and surrounded by elegant gardens, Monkey Island Estate is reminiscent of a secluded paradise, yet is only 10 minutes from Windsor and less than an hour's drive from Central London. Picturesque and private, this remarkable venue will create unforgettable and precious memories of your special event. Featuring the stately and spacious Ballroom, the graceful River Room and our more intimate Spencer Suite and Boardroom, Monkey Island Estate has event spaces for every occasion. Whether you are looking to hold a board meeting, a memorable corporate retreat, an important business conference or private dining event near London, we can accommodate all your needs. For further details or to discuss your requirements, please contact our dedicated Events Manager by: Email: events@monkeyislandestate.co.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 1628 623 400

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