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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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
Diner Reviews
  • "Had dinner there last night. Very pleasant ambiance, people laughing, efficient and attentive service and superb food. Try 15 yo Plantation Rhum..."
    dined on 29/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 29/08/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 26/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 26/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 23/08/2014
  • "Expensive but the food was not good enough to justify it."
    dined on 23/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "and it never disappoints. A lovely evening, great food, you're not hurried. will go back."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "The service was great the people lovely and the food just the ting for sunday lunch"
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. We have been twice now and enjoyed it both times."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "Great place, great food and great service - recommended. Oh and try Cucumber Gimlet which is amazing"
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "This was a really good find with great ambience, good wine list and fab food at a reasonable price"
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "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)."
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. The food is top notch. Have the chef's variation on a scotch egg, you won't regret it. Lovely people running it and serving staff are also great."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "Within walking distance of The Globe and close to Southwark tube station, a great bar and restaurant. Attentive and friendly staff and tasty food choices. I will be back!"
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "This restaurant was highly recommended by previous customers (6) through a internet forum in response to a request for dining suggestions in the area. We were so glad we took up the recommendations as we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Very friendly staff brought us fabulous food (we took photos cos it looked so beautiful). What more could we ask for?"
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Both the mains and desserts we chose were outstanding in terms of quality, cooking and presentation. Wish we could have got in earlier to eat as felt a little time pressured due to a theatre outing that evening. The restaurant closes at 4pm and reopens at 5. So either need to go earlier or advise the staff you need to be out handy. Service was friendly and very good initially but as the restaurant filled we felt a little overlooked and eventually had to call the waiting staff over to let them know we'd finished our mains and were ready to look at dessert menu. Overall it was a really enjoyable experience and we would happily recommend to friends and family."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Despite an unfortunate downpour and a roof leak on one side of the room, the staff were friendly, the food was delicious and it was the right amount of food. Good choice of drinks too. I would recommend this to everyone. Great for pre theatre at old vic too. Well worth walking past the nearer places."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "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 with a friend and this restaurant did not disappoint. I've never written a review before but as the food here was amazing and the service fantastic I felt it deserved a 'first time' review mention! Will be recommending to anybody who will listen and will definitely be back for more. From the amazing pork belly starter to one of the best cooked steaks in London; topped off with the most amazing salted caramel fudge dessert (and a sneaky expresso martini) - all would warrant a 10/10! Service was fabulous which only topped off a great night out! Will be back!"
    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
  • "Family of three enjoyed dinner here before a great play at The Old Vic. It was the best meal we ate during our entire vacation in London and Paris. Fantastic venison wellington. Every part of that dish was amazingly good. We also enjoyed starters. And as much as others rave about the salted caramel dessert, we preferred the lime infused donuts and cheesecake. To die for! The staff was wonderful, helping get us out of the restaurant on time for our play. The waiter not only wrote directions for us but even walked us outside the restaurant and pointed us on our way. It's right up the street. I will always dine here when I return to London, especially when visiting The Old Vic."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "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