The Laughing Gravy
The Laughing Gravy

The Laughing Gravy

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelaughinggravy.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02079981707
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm
    Friday: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 10:30pm
    Saturday: 12pm - 4pm, 5pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 12pm - 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, British
  • Executive Chef: Michael Facey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Webber Street
  • Public Transit: Walking distance from both Southwark and Waterloo stations.
    Direct bus from Kings Cross/Farringdon/The City - the number 45, 63 and 100 stop almost outside.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are pay and display meters on Webber Street and adjoining streets to the restaurant. In the evening it is possible to park on single yellow lines just on the adjacent road.
A word from The Laughing Gravy
The Laughing Gravy is one of London's best kept secrets located near to Waterloo and Southwark tubes as well as the vibrant Southbank and Borough district of London.

Relaxed and inviting, we offer an incredible menu of fresh, seasonal dishes with a well-chosen wine list that reflects our attention to detail.

Occupying the ground floor of an original foundry building, the restaurant, which is in walking distance from both the Old and Young Vic, seats up to 50 diners and has a buzzy bar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
The Laughing Gravy reviews from OpenTable diners
350 reviews since 24 May 2014
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambience4
    Value3.8
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (186)special occasions (142)romance (96)pre/post theatre (92)business meals (85)good vegetarian options (70)sunday lunch (69)group bookings (49)outstanding value (32)brunch (31)child friendly (20)outdoor eating (20)disabled access (9)afternoon tea (2)Show More
  • Wonderful!
    Goebel
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    We make a point of having dinner at the Laughing Gravy each time we visit London and once again we were not disappointed. We were welcomed like family and the dinner was amazing. We'll be back :)
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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  • Hidden gem indeed
    LennieJenks63
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    The Laughing Gravy is in an unlikely spot for a cracking little restaurant, but that played to my advantage as it is just round the corner for me! They had listened to my request for a quiet corner for me and my elderly mother, and even came to check during the meal that the music wasn't too loud. The choice was good but not excessive and really very good range of veggie Options. I had lamb with broad bean piccalilli and a parsnip dumpling, in a rich sauce. The flavours were very clear and delicious and the range of textures really striking. My dessert was a almond crumble with peach and plums. The fruit was beautifully cooked and the combination excellent.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Meal for 2
    swood55
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Chose this restaurant on reviews only as not from the London area. Had a lovely meal there. Very welcoming and friendly, felt very comfortable and the food was amazing. Would definately go there again!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Satisfied Customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Overall i would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone as the food was deliciious and the service was excellent. I had a very enjoyable experience here and can't wait to go again which will be anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning meal !!!
    yummmmm
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I went here with my friend Lyn having escaped our husbands for a few days. The food was excellent so much so I actually stopped talking which in itself is an achievement. Lyn was also amazed by the silence and dedication I put into eating that stunning meal, I had the venison wellington. Just go!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • I love this place
    charliepmed
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food is always great, prices reasonable, and charming staff. The perfect neighbourhood restaurant.
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  • Delicious lunch
    Tigger
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This must be my 7th time eating here and the food is always lovely. This time it was delicious. We booked a quiet table which we got. The service was attentive without being overly so. The desserts were awesome. Another lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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  • Good for Veggie and Meat Eaters
    karent
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Three of us went for an early meal (7pm). Staff were very welcoming and gave us an outside table as requested. The food was lovely with good choices for the veggie, in fact that we had two veggie mains. Lemon Sole was perfectly cooked with tasty but not overpowering sauce. Outside was nicely designed but the road noise was quite loud - nothing the restaurant can do about that in spite of having high wrap fence around the tables. Ironically it is probably quieter when the traffic is busier and slower so I would book inside next time. Inside is simple with high ceiling to the rear space - nice airy feel Staff attentive but not intrusive and knowledgeable about wine choices. Close to Young Vic and an easy stroll from Waterloo station.
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    good vegetarian options
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  • Nice little place
    amyt
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We've walked past The Laughing Gravy many times because we live in the neighborhood. From the outside, it's unassuming, but inside it's lovely. Nice ambiance, great menu, wonderful food. I'll be back!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent food, friendly service
    hhhhhh
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had a really enjoyable dinner at the Laughing Gravy. The food war refined, beautifully presented and very tasty indeed. This was rounded off by attentive, efficient (but not intrusive) and very friendly service. Considering that this is London, it was even good value for money. I would unhesitatingly recommend this restaurant to my friends.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance
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  • Shame about the burger
    parmenionVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This was generally a thoroughly enjoyable meal, the service, starters and sweet all good. The only thing they let themselves down on was when requesting a well done burger a very underdone burger arrived- they offered to take it and further cook it- back but as we all know the only way to cook a well done burger is slowly, rather disappointedly they then still charged for it. However that aside, and lets be kind and call it an aberration, it was good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience but then not great
    bluevcone
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Great Ambience with lots of fairy lights. Starter selection poor. Wine list quite pricey even for London. Service pushy in terms of topping up and swiftness of wanting to take your order - presumably 2 hour table limit.
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  • Great Sunday Lunch
    LondonGent2013
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    Booked last minute for a Sunday Roast. Attentive staff. Good food. Nice ambience. Would definitely go again if I'm in the area.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Four of us had lunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The menu was small but more than enough to chose from and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. The restaurant was very quiet when we were there, and the service was exemplary.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant dinner
    DrLuc
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Had dinner there last night. Very pleasant ambiance, people laughing, efficient and attentive service and superb food. Try 15 yo Plantation Rhum...
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again.
    EvaD
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Three of us went to Laughing Gravy for a pre theatre meal. Service was good but menu was short and did not offer enough choice. Description of the dishes had very little to do with reality of what actually arrived to our table. Portions were small and were not spiced at all. Plain food badly presented and very expensive. Poor value and quality.
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  • Nice place
    TheListMaster
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    The quality of the food was very good and the menu was interesting. The waiter serving us was very nice and efficient. The only downside was that the kitchen got our order slightly wrong but that was rectified quickly. The interior and the feel of the restaurant was really nice. A lovely place for a gentle evening meal
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent meal!
    htw72
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    This was out third visit in a year to the Laughing Gravy and we took friends who had never been before. They loved it straight away and we all really enjoyed the evening. The food was excellent and our waiter was informative about the menu choices and recommendations. Our only comment was that the menu has been the same for the last year and it would be really nice to try some new dishes on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    The restaurant is a gem and the entire staff were attentive without being intrusive, eager to please and very friendly as well as being professional. The food was wonderful, we had fishcakes and lamb, both were beautifully presented and melt -in-the mouth. The restaurant was busy but you felt very private and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We will definitely be returning soon.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok I'm afraid
    48kate
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Expensive but the food was not good enough to justify it.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Lovely early evening dinner
    Matron
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    I've been to this restaurant many times and just love it, the only issue is that now it is busy it can get quite noisy.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Very impressed with this restaurant
    Annap
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    This restaurant is an absolute gem the food was delicious and adventurous, many compliments to the chef. Value was exceptionally good for London We booked this after reading reviews for the area we were staying in and nearly walked past it, so glad we never. Loved the mushroom and spinach dish and hubby especially liked the lamb with dumplings and we could not resist the puddings mouth watering delicious. Drinks too were very reasonably priced. Lovely atmosphere and attentive pleasant staff Cannot recommend highly enough.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • travellingdiner
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    While the resturant was nice, the service was extremley slow. Disappointing as we where there on a two hour business lunch and only had time to quickly finish the main. No time for coffees etc.
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  • Our third visit
    wilbod
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    and it never disappoints. A lovely evening, great food, you're not hurried. will go back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great before theatre
    torch
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    We had dinner before theatre at the Old Vic. Only 5 minutes walk to theatre. Outstanding venison wellington and sea bass as our entrees. Good selection of wines by the glass. Service was very friendly, efficient and capable.
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  • Sunday lunch at the laughing gravy
    Robinc
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    The service was great the people lovely and the food just the ting for sunday lunch
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    We first came to the. Laughing Gravy two years ago for a birthday celebration and returning this weekend , we were pleased that the lovely experience was repeated. The food here is gorgeous - unusual and very high quality but served in a very friendly and unpretentious way. The waitress was really knowledgable and you can tell the people who work here ate happy in their work. The portions are manageable which leaves you looking forward to pudding rather than the dilemma of being too full to force it in. The wine list is varied and gets a thumbs up for being one of the few places where you can get a white Rioja.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance
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  • Such a letdown
    KentishKob
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Came for a birthday and got great service and nice table. But vastly overpriced for what is essentially gastro pub food and ridiculously small and mean portions. The starter of smoked salmon was an affront - not fine cooking and just a bit of plating up, so please at least be generous.
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  • Too pricey for confused food
    Kent
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Dinner for 2, starters OK but not enough flavour in the Jerusalem artichokes & crayfish scotch egg was inoffensive but not well thought out as the egg was too strong for the delicate crayfish. Venison wellington main, tender venison but soggy pastry a cardinal sin with wellington! Also needed 2 sides to share as the accompanying veg was minimal (having to order sides to supplement a main course always seems like profiteering by the venue). Desserts really ill-thought out, too much on the plate, salted caramel was cloying, the lime doughnut really not good. Wine was too expensive, £27 for a non-descript french sauvignon was a tenner too much. Service bland, over attentive with wine pouring, under attentive when needed. Wouldn't recommend.
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  • Amazing food, great wine; fab!
    Maharg105
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Not much needs to be said about this place. All three courses were absolutely exquisite, the desserts were especially amazing, the wine list was fantastic, the waiters extremely knowledgeable and affable. Went here for a friends birthday dinner and we had an amazing time. Will definitely be going back!
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  • Great evening at The Laughing Gravy
    JLave
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    We had dinner at The Laughing Gravy on a rainy Thursday night, and still the place was filled with people. The food was delicious (especially the rabbit), the wine was great and service good, too. I would recommend the place to anyone visiting London looking for a nice place to eat. Good value for money.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Excellent food and service. We have been twice now and enjoyed it both times.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Noisy
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Great place, great food and great service - recommended. Oh and try Cucumber Gimlet which is amazing
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem away from the crowds
    Noonoo
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    My boyfriend and I dined on Tuesday. It was full with a great atmosphere, and we were given free prosecco on arrival to celebrate the restaurant's 4th birthday. We shared the scallop and crab scotch egg with a gooey middle, I had the rabbit haunch and he had the venison Wellington, both perfectly cooked. We shared desserts of blackberry cheesecake and salted caramel and chocolate mouse. Fantastic service and a friendly, relaxed vibe. The bill with wine and coffee each was £50pp inc service. Convenient for Old Vic theatre and Waterloo and Southwark stations. Highly recommended.
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  • Regular visitors
    Tavirafriends
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    We are regular visitors so like to benchmark our visits. Rather than stick to my favourites I made an effort to try something I would not normally select. This time it was a fish theme and it did not disappoint. Have said that I will probably return to my favourite meat dishes next time.
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  • POVCAM
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This was a really good find with great ambience, good wine list and fab food at a reasonable price
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    LadyM
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Visited this restaurant whilst on a short stay in London. Table for two booked, we must have been only six inches away from next table, so conversation stunted. Waitress polite, drinks arrived quite quickly. Very limited menu, so opted for the burger. Both of us had the same. The burger came nearly raw!! Told waitress that burgers are burgers and should be cooked through. She disagreed but took them back to be cooked through. Incidentally, wasn't asked how we wanted them cooking. They arrived five minutes later, still fairly pink. Didn't order a pudding. Won't be going back.
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  • Great Food
    Alan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a superb dinner here last Friday, one of the best I have had for a long time. The menu was original and different, and the food was high quality, bursting with flavour and perfectly presented. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time there and even better!!
    gourmandise
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This time we checked out the desserts and were amazed at the artistry, the tastes, the choice. Next time I start with dessert!!! (P.S. I'm the kind of reviewer that never gives 5 stars for anything, but this place deserves it).
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SteveC
    winedine
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Had a fantastic meal with my wife (birthday) and our 2 sons and there wives. All the dishes were great, and the choice meant there was something for everyone, the venision wellington was 1st class. Would recommend if you want that little bit different.
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