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Monkey Island Brasserie & Bar

4.4
4.4
132 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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Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday Roast
    Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
    Lunch
    Sat 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
    Afternoon Tea
    Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:30 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

  • Neighborhood

    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.
  • Christmas Magic !

    £130.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 25, 2021 only
    Indulge yourselves on this key festive day with an experience that will delight you, your family and friends. Feast on the seasons finest fayre. A menu that is well balanced and decadent and perfectly fits the elegant surroundings of Monkey Island Estate. You will surely embark on a culinary journey to make you feel perfectly at home away from your home. Bubbles will greet you and the air will be filled with the scent of Christmas. We will be delighted to be your hosts, so join us on our idyllic island in the Thames.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

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

Menu

Featured Items

  • Basket of Sourdough£3.50

    • Big Green Olives£4.25

      Starters

      • Roasted Tomato Soup£8.50

        Coconut Cream | Tarragon oil | Pan Grattato

        • Monkey Estate Smoked Salmon£14.50

          Avocado Mousse | Sesame | Wasabi Pearls

          • Scorched Cornish Mackerel£9.50

            Pickled Vegetables | Horseradish Cream | Smoked Butter Crumb

            • Sweet Pickled Beetroot£8.95

              Ragstone Goats Cheese | Candied Walnuts | Merlot dressing

              • Ginger Rubbed Lamb Shoulder£12.50

                Pumpkins seeds | Roasted Peppers | Yoghurt Dressing

                Mains

                • Monkey Island Cheese Burger£18.00

                  Pommes Frites | Burger Sauce

                  • Warm Summer Salad£19.50

                    Watercress | Green Beans | Almonds

                    • Beer – Battered Haddock£21.00

                      Hand Cut Chips | Smashed Peas | Tartare Sauce

                      • Pan Fried Fillet of Chalk – Stream Trout£24.00

                        Pommes Mousseline | Cherry Tomatoes | Salsa Verdi

                        • Tempura Octopus£26.00

                          Borlotti Beans | Chorizo | Saffron Sauce

                          • Roasted Corn Fed Chicken£22.95

                            Asparagus | Ratte potatoes | Pickled mushrooms

                            • Butter Aged 250 Gram Sirloin Steak£32.50

                              Hand Cut Chips | Béarnaise Sauce

                              Sides

                              • Pan Fried Greens, Lemon Oil£4.50

                                • Mashed Potatoes, Olive Oil£4.50

                                  • Smashed Minted Peas£4.50

                                    • Garlic & Soy Mushrooms£4.50

                                      • Hand Cut Chips£4.95

                                        • Estate Mixed Leaf Salad£5.95

                                          Last updated: November 22, 2021

                                          What 132 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
                                          • 4.3Service
                                          • 4.5Ambience
                                          • 4Value

                                          NoiseModerate

                                          Loved For

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                                          1. l

                                            laurenr

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Wonderful evening ! Food was super yummy and the service was fab. Shout out to Head Mixologist Russel who makes the most amazing Eggnog and Old Fashions !

                                          2. MM

                                            MrMc

                                            Gloucestershire

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            Great evening with fabulous food and service. Lovely evening with friends.

                                          3. RK

                                            RhysK

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on November 28, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Incredible views, lovely atmosphere and outrageously good food, 100% recommended

                                          4. C

                                            Cristina

                                            Berkshire

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on November 26, 2021

                                            overall3food2service4ambience5

                                            It was ok, service was annoyingly atentive, until it got busy. Food was great but not a lot to choose from, a very small menu. The ambient was amazing.

                                          5. PH

                                            PaulH

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on November 16, 2021

                                            overall2food5service1ambience1

                                            The restaurant had no heating and was freezing. When mentioned to staff reply was its just cold and walked off.

                                          6. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Berkshire

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on November 15, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Very friendly staff and the food was very well cooked. Would definitely recommend for a quite couple night out or family dinner.

                                          7. ZP

                                            ZoeP

                                            Berkshire

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on November 13, 2021

                                            overall4food5service3ambience4

                                            Food was out of this world truly spectacular. Front of house staff let the side down with lack of teamwork and cooperation.

                                          8. RW

                                            RuthW

                                            West Sussex

                                            3 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on November 13, 2021

                                            overall4food3service4ambience5

                                            An absolutely beautiful building and grounds. Rooms are extremely small and this is not helped as they are filled with oversized furniture. The restaurant is rather overpriced for the food offered and a glass of wine at £15.00 is rather over the top!

                                          9. C

                                            Cathy

                                            London

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on November 7, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Another amazing meal ! Thanks Monkey island for always providing good experience

                                          10. CD

                                            ClaireD

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on November 6, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Service was impeccable and food delicious. Beautiful surroundings to celebrate a special anniversary. Staff went over and above to make sure we had an amazing evening. Special mention to manager. Superb ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

                                          11. PB

                                            PhilippaB

                                            Berkshire

                                            3 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on November 4, 2021

                                            overall4food4service5ambience3

                                            The environment is gorgeous and the food is very good despite the small selection, but what is really outstanding is the service, which I have honesty not found as good in any other restaurant around Windsor, bar the Waterside. The only real downside was the temperature, which was significant sadly. Fr some reason they had had the air conditioning on and did not seem to be able to sort that out. Luckily I had brought a cardigan, but it was rather disappointing to be cold during the meal and not able to reveal my dress on my birthday. There was also no offer to hang up our coats, but having a lovely large booth, we were able to drape them (and also use them over our knees eventually!) So in conclusion, if the temperature issues were fixed, I would absolutely give it 5 stars. The added touch of a little cake and "Happy birthday" plate was just lovely, although personally I'd add a candle or a sparkler! Still, very thoughtful, and I will certainly be returning!

                                          12. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Hertfordshire

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on November 3, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Really great setting. Food is top notch and you have to get a few of the innovative cocktails from Russell at the bar!

                                          13. AB

                                            AdamB

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on November 3, 2021

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            Interesting location on a island in the Thames. Great location and decent food.

                                          14. JM

                                            JamesM

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 30, 2021

                                            overall4food5service4ambience3

                                            Gorgeous place , food great, service good but was a bit chilly indors

                                          15. K

                                            Karl

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 30, 2021

                                            overall4food3service4ambience3

                                            Lovely setting, menu needs to be bigger, staff friendly

                                          16. VQ

                                            VeganQueenKJ

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 29, 2021

                                            overall4food5service4ambience5

                                            Vegan food options first class! Loved my dining experience.

                                          17. RM

                                            RenM

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 29, 2021

                                            overall2food1service2ambience3

                                            Food was at best average, waiter was rude, kept pushing menu items we didn't want, only filled up 1 out of 3 of our glasses with water

                                          18. AM

                                            AnnM

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 24, 2021

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            We took 2 guests for lunch yesterday and it was very good. Would thoroughly recommend it although not cheap. The grounds are beautiful and a lovely setting on a sunny day. A bit disappointed that prices are plus VAT and service so would have preferred the prices to certainly have included VAT.

                                          19. MD

                                            MichaelaD

                                            Berkshire

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on October 24, 2021

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Service was acceptable altho we had to wait for our bill. The bread they served was the most amazing bread any of us ever had. We agreed unanimously. Starters were good and roast lunches excellent. Wine was mediocre. We'll be returning

                                          20. PC

                                            PeterC

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 23, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Service was impeccable but friendly. Bar staff although new to the bar were helpful, chatty and willing to go the extra mile. Superb experience. Meal was lovely, dessert a great finish.

                                          21. GR

                                            GraceR

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 23, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had a wonderful meal and cocktail drinks at the bar. I really enjoyed the drinks options and we were talked through in detail the drinks recipes. The food was really fresh and delicious. We will be coming back again.

                                          22. JO

                                            JOeP

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 17, 2021

                                            overall3food5service5ambience5

                                            “ Beautiful and brilliant staff , Great food and lovely grounds, The restaurant manager Keysha and bar staff went above and beyond and we were touched and so grateful , Thank you again for such outstanding service and your kind hospitality.

                                          23. RB

                                            RoderickB

                                            Norfolk

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 11, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent service in both bar and restaurant. Food from scorched mackerel thru monkfish tails to a heavenly chocolate mousse was excellent. Would highly recommend for a special occasion.

                                          24. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Unspecified

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 4, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            A fantastic place for a special birthday meal and drinks after in the whisky snug.

                                          25. RM

                                            RyanM

                                            Berkshire

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 3, 2021

                                            overall4food5service4ambience5

                                            Excellent food great service highly recommended for a get away break in beautiful scenery very relaxing

                                          26. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on October 1, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The venue is lovely - I wasn’t expecting much and the menu isnt extensive. I started with a very good Bloody Mary and a prawn cocktail and then had one of the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. The wine list is a bit limited but the Albariño was perfect. To finish I had some of my wife’s buttermilk panna cotta which was excellent. Basic food well cooked and decent portions. The service was friendly and efficient. Somewhat cheaper than the Fat Duck round the corner but it definitely does a job at a medium end if the scale.

                                          27. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Hertfordshire

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on September 30, 2021

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            We had breakfast there to celebrate my Husband’s birthday. It was nice service with good breakfast and ambiance.

                                          28. M

                                            Mmill

                                            Surrey

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on September 25, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Such a lovely setting by the river, staff very friendly and great food. It was a birthday lunch and special touches added to the experience .

                                          29. L

                                            Lily

                                            Bristol

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on September 20, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We enjoyed a delicious three course meal while staying at the hotel and loved every course. Our starters and desserts were particularly original and delicious. My husband is coeliac and he was very well looked after, food was adjusted to be gluten free where needed and he enjoyed a great meal too. Our waiter was also lovely and very attentive. Thank you Monkey Island team :)

                                          30. BO

                                            BenteO

                                            Berkshire

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on September 19, 2021

                                            overall3food5service3ambience1

                                            The room was very cold and they weren't able to turn off the aircondition We had reserved a table and when we came, we were met by a rather unfriendly " you can't change tables, they are all allocated and we are very busy" it was totally unnecessary, we had no intentions of "changing table". Another waiter soon diffused that though and for the rest of the evening, the service was very friendly albeit not very professional (the wine didn't arrive until we were well into our meal and the side of potatoes came when we were almost finished eating. The food itself was fantastic!!! so five stars to the chef. The wrong kind of music was playing just a bit too loud. The venue and location is fantastic. The main attraction, I'd say.

                                          31. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on September 18, 2021

                                            overall2food4service1ambience5

                                            Our wedding anniversary Menu was limited however food quality and presentation was very good Service and management was hopeless I had to write out for them everything we had so they could produce a correct bill

                                          32. VL

                                            VickyL

                                            London

                                            53 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            53 reviews

                                            Dined on September 17, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            A delicious lunch sat in the sun by the river. Service was great, nothing was too much trouble and the setting perfect. I cannot fault our duck and trout main courses or our sides.

                                          33. M

                                            Mags49

                                            London

                                            26 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            26 reviews

                                            Dined on September 9, 2021

                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                            Staying at Hotel so had dinner there. Initially felt the menu was a little predictable, but the food was very good. I had prawn cocktail, which was a good size portion and very tasty. The duck breast main course was beautifully pink and the fish and chips excellent. Service was friendly and competent. Angelina was particularly lovely. The only drawback was that it was very noisy, with a large group sitting close to us. Otherwise a very pleasant evening.

                                          34. s

                                            sofia

                                            Berkshire

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on September 4, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Lovely food, great atmosphere and fab location. Will definitely be coming back again soon.

                                          35. SZ

                                            SueZ

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on September 3, 2021

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Our waitress was excellent, I had sides put together all vegetables was so good

                                          36. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Orange County

                                            7 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on August 30, 2021

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Celebrated our 20th a bit late(Covid) but celebrated anyways. Excellent room excellent service excellent food. Not necessarily in that order :)

                                          37. RB

                                            RobB

                                            London

                                            17 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            17 reviews

                                            Dined on August 30, 2021

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Very nice meal with friends - short menu but excellent quality throughout. We had duck and daily special sea bream for mains - both were very good. Fairly slow service but lovely setting overlooking the river and we were in no hurry. Good value for money given the quality.

                                          38. P

                                            Pinklady

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on August 26, 2021

                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                            Brasserie decor was very stylish ,outside terrace over looking the river was very interesting and comfortable. Waiting staff were very over stretched and worked extremely hard. The wine I chose was not available, although the white wine list was very short. I chose another glass which was awful, but I was able to exchange it . The starter and main was excellent and my husbands dessert . I opted for cheese which was served so hard I could not get my knife through the cheddar. I complained and was told by the chef it was the new health and safety rules. I was offered another pudding but I chose a coffee for us both and it was taken off the bill. I would return again as it was a very nice place to dine and I’m sure this may have been a one off.

                                          39. BO

                                            BenteO

                                            Berkshire

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on August 26, 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fantastic venue, wonderful food! Recommend this place to anyone who'd like a stellar experience.

                                          40. C

                                            Chis

                                            London

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on August 23, 2021

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Had a great service in a lovely environment on a sunny day...amazing

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                                          Monkey Island Brasserie & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 132 OpenTable diners

                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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                                          Booked 9 times today
                                          Experiences are available.
                                          Google Map for Monkey Island Brasserie & Bar

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

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            Bray

                                          • Hours of operation

                                            Sunday Roast
                                            Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
                                            Lunch
                                            Sat 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
                                            Afternoon Tea
                                            Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:30 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

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

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