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The Laughing Gravy
The Laughing Gravy

The Laughing Gravy Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelaughinggravy.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 998 1707
  • 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: British, European
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
Diner Reviews
  • "For me and my husband, Sunday roast here is the best in London so far."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Ambience is nice and food good. if you're tourist and you want to try british cooking it's the right place."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Went to The Laughing Gravy before a show at the Old Vic. Lovely venue and very good service. We had the fish cakes and macaroni cheese which were delicious."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "We had a great meal at the Laughing Gravy. The meal was lovely, the service friendly and efficient. Only downside is we were sat by the toilets. But then someone had to be! We did however have a nice comfy bench seat!"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in London. The venison was probably the best I've ever had and our entire group of 6 was thoroughly impressed with the food quality and unique combinations!"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "The menu is not extensive but since our last visit five months ago their menu had not been changed or added to. Some dishes are still superb, but it would have been nice to have some new alternatives. However, we would still recommend this restuarant very highly."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Lovely food and ambience. Quite a romantic venue. It was filled with couples on a Friday night. I had the scotch egg to start which was delicious. I had the potato and leek cake for mains which was good too."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "I've been to the Laughing Gravy three times now and each time, it's been delicious. It was slightly quieter this Saturday night than it had been previously and we were the last to leave as they were cleaning up at about 11pm but we still had a great time. The venison Wellington is still my favourite but everyone enjoyed their meals!"
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Enjoyed a lovely meal--excellent;y prepared fish-quiet place and very friendly efficient staff"
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "Food was good (not outstanding), and the environment and service was very nice, BUT...it's very expensive for what it is, and portion size are not great either."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Great place. We had our anniversary there, before to go to the Old Vick theatre and the stuff was wonderful and friendly. The food was amazing and the dessert to die for"
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant, great menu not too expensive. Really close to Waterloo which was my key factor for that evening, but not at the station! Very quirky decor. Would defiantly go back."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "Two of us went for dinner. The service was very good, staff polite and courteous. The food was fantastic and with the general ambience being cool and relaxed I would recommend this place and dine there again."
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "Interesting, delicious food with excellent service"
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "I have been to The Laughing Gravy a couple of times now and I keep being surprised by how good it is! It looks like an unassuming pub on the outside and inside it's warm and light and very comfortable. The staff are welcoming and genuine. The food is great and the wine list is non-too-shabby!"
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "Happy Customer! We had made a pre-arranged booking for a business dinner, arrived early and was greeted politely and seated immediately. The service provided was efficient and the staff were quite knowledgeable in terms of the food on the menu and the wines to compliment these meals. The waiters were friendly and always available when required. The food quality was outstanding, a real treat. Price wise, this was very reasonable for the service and quality provided. The venue is small but quant, enough ambiance and surprisingly for the restaurant size the space was still plentiful. Will definitely book again for both social and work sittings."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Fantastic little restaurant, great food and service. I can recommend the scotch egg to start and the burger was great. Nothing in the area could beat it."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Everything about Laughing Gravy is perfect from the warm welcome, excellent service, friendly and knowledgeable staff to the fabulous food, wine and cocktails. Best Sunday lunch anywhere in London (and certainly the best gravy!)"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Great food , wine and service really enjoyed our evening , we chose to sit outside as it was hot in the restaurant so comfort levels were compromised but it was our choice !"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Had a lovely meal with friends, buzzy atmosphere. It is rare that we are spoilt for choice on the menu, but it was definitely the case here! Had the Wellington which was delicious and those truffle chips were moreish!! Each one of us had a different starter, main and dessert and we were all commenting on what a hidden gem it was. Would highly recommend."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Great food and excellent service. The restaurant is bigger than it appears from the outside. There's a good atmosphere within. Good value. Would definitely visit again."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Good food, great service, nice atmosphere. The acoustics were unfortunately not good, the restaurant was very loud. Was difficult to hear the conversation at the table."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "I found the Laughing Gravy on OT when looking for somewhere to eat before or after going to the Old Vic, Festival Hall etc. Most people get caught up in all the restaurants in the immediate vicinity which is dominated by chains but it really is worth the 250m walk in the other direction to find somewhere smaller. The Laughing Gravy has a real local restaurant feel about it just like a New York neighbourhood restaurant. Excellent and unusual food with really good service - It'll definitely become my local for the South Bank."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "I'd been meaning to go to the Laughing Gravy for ages - and after an amazing meal on a Saturday night I wish I hadn't left it so long. I loved everything about the place - the staff were friendly and helpful, the atmosphere on a Saturday night was buzzy without being hectic and the food was fantastic. It's the best meal I've had in London in a long time and I'll be going back again very soon. The beetroot starter was a particular treat and whatever else you choose, don't miss the blueberry cheesecake with lime doughnuts..."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "The restaurant is in a random location amongst residential streets. We went on saturday 7pm and it was moderately busy. We were received immediately and asked about drinks which i find bizarre - we hadn't even perused the drinks menu. After 2 prompts we decided on drinks but continued to request more time to order food. When we did decide the food was delicious. Scallop scotch egg starter is delish - two of the party had pork belly which could have been crispier. For mains the wellington went down extremely well, although sides are essential as portion isnt big. Quinoa salad was perfect. With an engagement to celebrate I expected the restaurant to make more of a mention of it than merely in the welcome chat from our waitress. Disappointing."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Small menu with regional food from a very high quality. We enjoyed it a lot and would come back! "
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "I must have passed this place a million times and thought it was another of London's myriad pubs. I couldn't have been more wrong. The service is absolutely exceptional, with all the staff being really helpful, attentive and knowledgeable, we felt really looked after and they added to the evening. The food is where the magic really happens though, it was absolutely exquisite, I've paid a lot more for meals that have been half as good. We went for the full three courses and you couldn't fault a single one of the 6 dishes. I don't know who they've got in the kitchen, but they're a culinary hero. I'll definitely be going back."
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "Probably deserved an extra star or two in my review. Will come again, next time I'm at the Old/Young Vic or in the area!"
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend to The Laughing Gravy for a birthday meal. The service was excellent and they have an extensive wine list to choose from. The waitress was very knowledgable and friendly. I had the crayfish scotch egg for starter which was lovely and my boyfriend had the beetroot which he loved. The food was presented beautifully. The mains were ok. I had steak which doesn't come with any sides which is a shame, the flavour of the meat was also overpowered by the sauce so that's the only flavour you get. We also had the rabbit leg which looked amazing but was a little dry. Popcorn pudding was delicious! All in all a very nice restaurant and meal but I'd say the food was a little overpriced. £8.50 for a scotch egg seems extreme. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Delicious food in a light and airy venue with a relaxed atmosphere."
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "I took my mother here for a birthday treat on 28 May before going to the Young Vic and we were both delighted with it.. The food is very good and of standards that you often only get at the top restaurants. We thoroughly enjoyed the venison, and the desert was beautifully presented and a real treat. The ambience is suited to any occasion - it is calm and comfortable. A real find for just a few steps away from Waterloo Station!"
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "Met up with some family I hadn't seen in years who happened to be in town. I wanted to make sure they experienced some delicious British food (I hate it when people say British food is horrible), and this place didn't disappoint. It was perfect. I struggled finding a place because I wanted to make sure it wouldn't be too busy to hear each other - it was busy, but not in a loud kind of way. I think that if I went with just my partner I might find it a bit dull, but for this evening it was exactly perfect. I would definitely go back for any other occasion. "
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "As a frequent traveller, I occasionally get stuck somewhere alone overnight. One of the best things to do in that situation is to go to a really nice restaurant, you get to eat great food and are treated really well by staff. Well, maybe the laughing gravy reviews exaggerate, but it doesn't cut the mustard on the lone diner test. The food was ok, though under seasoned for my taste and not really special. The price is reasonable though. But I felt they were very keen to rush me through and out - I didn't feel welcome at all. That's not necessarily their fault, since laughing gravy is actually an ok rather than a gourmet restaurant, with a good busy atmosphere catering for groups. It's not for foodies, but would be good for birthday parties."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "Had dinner here with 3 others. The service was excellent, just the right level of attentiveness without being over the top. Staff very friendly. The menu was really good with something to please everyone. The food was delicious and very well presented, especially the puddings which I am often disappointed by in other restaurants. Had a lovely atmosphere. So glad I have found this place. Will definitely be back."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "The menu was interesting and the portion sizes also more than adequate (although the side dish of greens was a bit small). It was very busy (Friday night) but service was prompt and friendly. "
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "From the ambience/decor to the food and service, everythign was excellent. Try the peanut butter/chocolate dessert Yum!!"
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "I had high hopes when booking a small celebration lunch here, as it had been recommended by 2 colleagues. Although the food was of a high quality and very tasty, the portions were quite small and £171 for 3 people with 1 bottle of wine was very expensive. Ok we had Dover Sole but I would have expected a whole fish for the price, not some small fillets. We were also stuck on a rather small table, when the Restaurant was fairly empty and the service was anything but attentive"
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "The food is wonderful, but for the prices being charged the service levels and wine needs to improve (and no, it's not because "the wine isn't too our taste" as we were "corrected" by the bar manager (?) when paying at the bar, it's because quality and complexity wise I can have better wine elsewhere in southwark for similar prices in establishments like Roast, Baltic, and Hope and Anchor that have a good wine list and better service). "
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "The restaurant is located near Southwark station and the hotel ibis and novotel. The ambiance is nice, modern and cosy, the service was great as well as the food. This is a very nice place to celebrate special occasions or going out with your date. I highly recommend this place. "
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "All starters and mains were excellent, carefully prepared and full of flavour. Not cheap, but very good for a treat."
    dined on 02/05/2014