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Monkey Island Brasserie & Bar

4.4
4.4
231 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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2 people

21:30


Booked 8 times today
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 231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Berkshire

    Best Ambience

  • Berkshire

    Brunch

  • Berkshire

    Lunch

  • Berkshire

    Scenic View

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  1. IG

    IanG

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great characterful riverside spot for a quality bite not very busy on a Monday evening and with great staff.
  2. M

    Michael

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The location, and service was good... we sat outside and enjoyed the views across the river. Just not sure the food is anything that remarkable.
  3. MF

    MarkF

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, excellent service, beautiful setting and best of all its not overpriced! Russel (the peaky blinder) mixologist bartender needs a special mention for his customer service and eloquent banter! Highly recommended!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful setting on a lovely evening! Excellent service. Delicious meal. Thank you.
  5. RJ

    RobertJ

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very enjoyable! Unique setting, food was very good, service a bit uneven but also quite good. Really fun to explore the island after lunch!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cyprus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Birthday treat!
  7. RO

    ROXY

    London

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Family visit to Windsor. We decided to walk along the Thames from Windsor to Bray. A lovely walk in the sunshine. The Monkey Island Estate is visually lovely. The Pavillion where the restaurant is situated is also beautifully designed. A warm sunny day, the restaurant was surprisingly very quiet and the terrace was empty (and not set up for dining) such a shame for its river side setting. Food was really very good and the service was friendly but amateur.
  8. F

    Florence

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This was our first visit for a birthday celebration, and I had booked well in advance. However, it was Wednesday lunchtime and the venue was unbelievably quiet. Nice in some ways but perhaps lacking in ambience. Could not fault the service or food and the prices were reasonable. On balance we would return but perhaps at a slightly busier time for more atmosphere. The setting of the restaurant is wonderful -it feels quite special walking over the footbridge. I can highly recommend the Keeleys martini and the haddock and chips was superb!
  9. R

    Raphael

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting and resturant, service was great and so was the food. To be frank, this is WAYY more than just brekafast.. we couldn't finish it.
  10. RH

    RayH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    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.
  11. 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
  12. 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 ❤️
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 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
  18. LF

    LouiseF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious afternoon tea in lovely surroundings at Monkey Island
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance, good food Great service
  22. s

    sjr1965

    Surrey

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both the service and food were exceptional.
  26. 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
  27. GE

    GourmetE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Would highly recommend a visit
  28. 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.
  29. MC

    MarkC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely evening, staff were very friendly and attentive.
  30. A

    Andree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food, lovely riverside view, great service, beautiful Berkshire island.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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!
  35. 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!
  36. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening in beautiful location - much recommended
  37. 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!
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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!

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 231 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

21:30


Booked 8 times today
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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