Monkey Island

A Private Island on the Thames

Monkey Island Estate lies on a picturesque island in the River Thames in the historic village of Bray, Berkshire. The island has a rich history centuries old, and has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals and now is home to one of the finest hotels in Bray.

The two grade I listed heritage pavilions which form the property were originally commissioned as a fishing retreat in 1723 by the third Duke of Marlborough. These have been completely restored and renovated, with beautifully landscaped gardens and picturesque views of the River Thames.  The Pavilions house the restaurant, bar and function rooms.  Monkey Island Estate features 27  guestrooms and three sumptuous suites, designed by the award-winning New York-based Champalimaud Design

Here we have designed, supplied and installed the following:

  • A production kitchen to cater for functions of up to 200 people plus hospitality to corporate events and an anticipated high demand afternoon tea trade.
  • Large functions will use the Rational Banqueting System and function cold-room.
  • A central wash-up area
  • A central beverage preparation area
  • A dispense bar for functions
  • A main hotel bar
  • A Theatre Kitchen which is open to the riverside restaurant with an Electrolux Therma Suite and Rational Combination Ovens.
  • A Room Service Kitchen.
  • All mechanical ventilation including silencers and odour control .
  • All hygienic finishes including walls, floors and ceilings.

In addition to the capital equipment we have supplied all of the sundry items that the hotel needs from cutlery, crockery, glassware to kitchen utensils to hotel bedroom equipment to banqueting tables – in fact the largest sundry order in the history of Allsop and Pitts.

The kitchens are 100% electric and heavily use Induction to keep the costs down and keep the speed of cooking up.

Everything that we have delivered to the hotel has been transferred over the River Thames on a floating pontoon bridge in all weathers that could be diversely described as monsoon and heatwave conditions.

This Project is still in progress, more images will be added once the job is complete.