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Monkey Island Brasserie & Bar

4.4
4.4
259 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

23:00


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday Roast Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sat 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–4:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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 259 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

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Berkshire

    Notable Wine List

  • Berkshire

    Scenic View

  • Berkshire

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  1. e

    elbie

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    All a bit rushed . Food nice wine expensive . Waitress very effcient would have liked longer between courses. Bill appeared promptly . Not that busy , service could have been better
  2. JH

    JamesH

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was polite, professional and excellent. I had the trout which was truly wonderful, moist and full of flavour. Pudding in the form of banana caramel sundae was top notch. A conversation with Michael, the chef proved how much they were striving for excellence. As a regular visitor, I recommend Monkey Island without reservation.
  3. FG

    FionaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous hotel set in beautiful gardens on the river thames
  4. SW

    SteveW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went to the brassiere for my birthday. I was treated extremely well, I was given a free glass of champagne to start with, which was followed by a lovely meal, I had the chicken which was superb, followed by a banana caramel sundae which was also very yummy. The staff where very tentative, and the whole ambiance of the restaurant was lovely. Definitely going back soon
  5. PR

    PeterR

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely 3 course Sunday lunch, slightly dearer than the average in a nice pub, but oh the views from this place are worth the extra.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our sons 30th birthday lunch, great food and service in an idyllic setting
  7. G

    Gougla1

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    Amazing place and arrived to a wonderful table overlooking the water. Dirty glasses on the newly laid table were the first of Many issues. Lukewarm Champagne at £14 a glass I would expect better. Took a long time to order and we were never asked if we had any allergies. Bread and butter delivered with no explanation as to the two types of butter. Asked a passing waiter but was given the wrong information. Best part of the meal was the food. Steak was outstanding. Asked for a menu to have a glass of red with My meal. Menu delivered but no one returned to take my order. Overall the service was very below par seeing as there was only 4 tables occupied on the whole restaurant.
  8. A

    Anon

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting overlooking the river, recently refurbished so nicely decorated. Well-presented, lovely food with good service & ambience. Lots of fish options on the menu, as well as meat & vegan options. So very nice lunch & afternoon tea looked great too.
  9. w

    weybridge100

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Faultless. Were able to have a drink before lunch in the sun, then went to the dining room for a fabulous meal.
  10. AW

    AshleyW

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I was a little shocked to see that on Sunday the only option was a £49 3 course meal fixed package. My partner and I do not have that size of appetite, so they very kindly allowed us to split one fixed package between the two of us which we appreciated. The portions were very generous and delicious and it was more than enough for a Sunday lunch. The staff members were outstanding giving us attention and courtesy. All in all a very very pleasurable experience. Oh, and the setting is beautiful.
  11. M

    Munchkin

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is good .small but reasonably varied with some vegan options.despite what you may have read the staff are extremely friendly and good at their chosen occupations. The bartender is a good mixologist and will mix you a cocktail to suite you.
  12. EM

    EricaM

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A beautiful location on the Thames, with a delicious choice of cakes and sandwiches for an un hurried afternoon tea.
  13. PC

    PizzaCor

    Berkshire

    175 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food choices and very nice service. Excellent location and siting of the property, but the dining room itself is a little Spartan and lacking in table decorations, which would make it feel more personal and intimate
  14. MD

    MoiraD

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good but perhaps a little overpriced for what it was. Service was good to begin with but then slow and impossible to get anyone’s attention and had to pour our own wine twice. Staff were friendly but not very efficient. Flagged that we got married at the venue 20 years to the day - got a plate with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate plonked in front of us whilst eating dessert but no actual mention or a knowledge meant of the anniversary. Still a lovely location and will happily go back but very impersonal.
  15. BS

    BarryS

    London

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Postcode for restaurant took me to a closed gated road Service not quite at the level I would have expected for such a highly rated restaurant
  16. R

    Ricky

    Buckinghamshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The restaurant has a very nice outlook over water. The staff are helpful and obliging and attend to your needs. The food was delicious and well presented. Have been several times and will return soon.
  17. MO

    MarcO

    Berkshire

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent in a beautiful setting.
  18. AR

    AnitaR

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch on the terrace on a summer's afternoon - PRICELESS🙂🙂🙏🕊
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We returned here as a groups of friends having had such a good experience on our first visit back in May. Sadly, the food portions were ridiculously small (particularly the starters) and the roast beef Sunday lunch was nowhere near as good as previously experienced. That combined with with penny pinching on not provide bread or coffee unless paying more for those items left us all with a feeling of disappointment. We will not be returning.
  20. s

    sandrac

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We visited for Sunday lunch. In general, the food was very good and well presented. Service was attentive at the beginning of the meal, however, as the restaurant became busier the service lapsed. Despite the venue being advised that we were celebrating two very special occasions this was not acknowledged at any time. Disappointing!
  21. J

    J555

    London

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We went to Monkey Island for lunch to celebrate my partner's birthday. In term of location and the setting of the restaurant, it is definitely a little gem with wow factor. She was well impressive. The restaurant was not too busy on the day, gave it a real relax feel with various boats passing through the Thames in front of the restaurant. We were both impressed with the Galician Octopus leg. Well cook and presented and a good balance of different favour especially the sweetcorn puree sauce. Being located in Bray, there is a lot of high end tough competition. But I can say they have no problem holding its ground when you take the location, price into consideration. I will certainly will revisit this place again..
  22. JH

    JamesH

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top class service from highly knowledgeable and professional staff. Ava in particular was outstanding. Very strongly recommended.
  23. SB

    SharonB

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely lunch for a special occasion in a beautiful setting
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great ambiance, very nice environment. Food was great, except for their panna cotta. Dishes could be more fine tuned but overall not bad.
  25. CB

    CharlotteB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, Sunday lunch menu extremely good value.
  26. M

    Maxine

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Bar Tender was very helpful and created some great non alcolholic cocktails for us Restaurant staff were attentive and helpful. Answering questions if we had them Service was perfectly timed We were asked if we would mind moving from our table, which was fine and they were very helpful to move us to the lounge area All in all a lovely experience
  27. S

    Simm

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff we very efficient & friendly. A big shout out to Beeju for going above and beyond in helping us with our request. We will definitely recommend this restaurant and stunning venue!!
  28. JH

    JulianH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    very nice, food good although a little wider selection would have been nice
  29. IG

    IanG

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2022

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

    Michael

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2022

    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.
  31. MF

    MarkF

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    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!
  32. 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.
  33. RJ

    RobertJ

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cyprus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Birthday treat!
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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
  40. 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 ❤️

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 259 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

23:00


Booked 9 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 pm–6:00 pm Afternoon Tea Sat 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–4:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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