The Laughing Gravy

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£26 to £40
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British
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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little spot. 2 courses with a couple of drinks came to about £50 a head, so not an everyday venue but not too hard on the wallet.

It's quite small, so it was fairly quiet and we had attentive service. Our waiter gave a recommendation for the pork and was thoroughly vindicated!

The food was excellent. It's unlikely to be anything completely alien to you, but it rests in the realm of "british classic with a twist". Every dish has an ingredient or combo that makes it a little bit special. The plating was a bit fussy for this type of cuisine in my opinion, and the portion sizes won't leave you feeling stuffed, but you won't need a snack when you get home either.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and a place to add to your list of little-known gems.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

British cuisine

MP
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really tasty food across all three courses. Service friendly and informative regarding dishes and wine. The ‘music’, especially on a Sunday when folk are just trying to wind down and have a chat, was way too intrusive - in fact the actual dB Level was unacceptable. When it quietened down to just the human voice after 3.30, it was lovely.

BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The onglet main (Roast) was fantastic, from all angles. Great service too. Many thanks.

SM
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very nondescript from the outside but very nice inside. The food was excellent, by far the best three courses I’ve had in many a year. The service was faultless. All round it was an amazing experience. Thank you very much.

IB
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had lovely evening. Service was excellent. I am vegetarian and non alcoholic, the lady serving us made sure that my food is done according to my needs. I will highly recommend it to people with similar dietary needs
Thank you very much

h
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Having been here a few times, we had high hopes. The food was excellent as always, a little overpriced as always. Service wasn't that great this time. Although friendly, the main course arrived so quickly after the starters, it felt like the staff were eager for us to eat up and leave. Would really suggest the staff are trained a little better so that they can gauge timings better when serving.

MT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for New Year’s Eve meal and enjoyed ourselves. Unfortunately we didn’t know about the nye set menu beforehand so were a little surprised by the price upon arrival. That being said the atmosphere was great and the food unique and delicious!

OT
London
34 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has the most delicious food. Expensive if add 2 bottles of wine and 12% service. But worth every penny.

PM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was expertly prepared and in large quantities. Very tasty and friendly service. I will return the next time I visit Tate Modern.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very quiet when we visited at 5pm for pre theatre. Perfect spot will definitely book again when going to old or new Vic

ES
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. The lamb was merely superb; the beef possibly the best I have ever eaten. Starters also excellent. Good wine list. Friendly, relaxed but attentive service. Cannot recommend highly enough.

IF
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding evening at the laughing Gravy. As always the food was excellent and the service was impeccable and supper friendly. I just love coming to this place and cannot recommend it highly enough.

CA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great food and amazing staff. Food was a little late but they were super apologetic and very gracious about it, so we still had a fab evening.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have now been twice to the Laughing Gravy. Once for their delicious Sunday roast and another night to try the A La Carte menu. I can say that I have never been disappointed by either the food or service in this wonderful little find! Get yourself there for a great meal with friends or family.

RA
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine food and wine with attentive service to match.

MW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

I have to admit that the issue that I had with this restaurant was at least partly my fault. I booked for seven and arrived with eight. I wrongly assumed that a table for seven was most likely a table for eight with one place setting removed. They did accommodate us by squeezing a fourth place setting on one side but with ill grace. In the restaurant's response, on trip adviser, they stated that they call all their dinners on the day, they did not call me. They stated that their waitress, " ..did all she could to look after you well and ensure you had a nice time." I absolutely agree which is in my view her job and why we paid the service charge in full. My issue is not with the waitress it is with the manager. They stated that they didn't want to ask us to wait until they could have put two tables of four together but we were never offered this option. The reservation was at 20:30 and at 10:15 we were told we had to order dessert if we wanted one as the pastry chef leaves at 10:30. Partly my fault but handled so badly by the restaurant manager.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always ....we love this place it always delivers .

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit and it never disappoints. Excellent food and wonderful staff. Already planning my next visit

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We loved this restaurant, the service was excellent, the food was mostly great although both daughters has the pasta for mains and neither would recommend it. But overall we all agreed it was a perfect Saturday lunch and the atmosphere was ideal.

AB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We keep coming back which really must say it all. Menu is imaginative and food is well prepared - doesn't go cold on you. As someone who has to use hearing aids, the noise level is higher than I find comfortable but modern restaurants are now all wooden floors and hard surfaces so there is nothing to soak up the noise. Prices are about par for the course in the Old Vic area. We will be going back when next meeting friends for lunch in London.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful find. Fantastic food. Great staff. Good selection of drinks. Lovely atmosphere - lively, friendly, but not too noisy. Will definitely go again.

R
London
22 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Venison Wellington was delicious. Relaxed dining experience

G
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, service and food. Very cozy feel and our server made sure we were able to get our wonderful meals ahead of a big party and in order to catch a train. Had the fish cakes with cabbage and chips. Excellent.

LG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best Sunday roasts in London! Dessert was expensive at £10 per dessert but the food is great quality and the venue is lovely

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The ambience was fancy and the place looked great, but the food did not meet the expectations. After waiting for a more than reasonable amount of time, my friend’s burger was overcooked while the bacon was raw; my poached egged were barely cooked and the chips were not at all crispy, not to say that they were cold too.
Before ordering, the waitress was extremely insistent and tried to have us ordering something different than what we already wanted.

MC
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely time at our Christmas lunch. See you next year!

SE
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent

CM
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by my son who comes often. Loved it and the food was delicious

HC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A beautiful restaurant, comfortable & beautifully decorated with lovely pretty and warm lighting. I could not complain about he food at all, every bit was delicious. The service was perfect and very friendly. My rum old fashioned was not as tasty as the one at Leicester Square Kitchen or The Coal Shed but it certainly did not tarnish our experience. It did get very loud once full but we still love it. We have been many times and will continue to visit as it seems to be maintaining its very high standards. Thanks for a lovely evening!

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excelelnt meal, service and wonderful ambiance. Looking forward already to our next visit

T
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quiet lunch, good service with really tasty food

B
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been before and was very good again. Good food, reasonable priced.

TB
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A medium-size cozy restaurant, very nice at night with the candles and the dim lights. Very good service and the food is just excellent. Don't be put back by the somewhat unconvential recipes and trust the chef, you will not regret it.
Will definetly come back.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not cheap, but not ridiculously pricey either. Food was excellent and service friendly. Nice smallish restaurant and was busy (which I like).

R
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to the The Laughing Gravy in the last fortnight, and we loved it, as a restaurant it offers excellent food, service and ambience, and we are looking forward to returning again!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem!

DV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are friendly and provide a great service. The restaurant it’s self it relaxed with a lovely ambience with fantastic food. We didn’t feel rushed at any stage and really enjoyed our meal and lovely cocktails

HP
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was indulgent but healthy too - so there were options for everyone. Really delicious fresh ingredients and the staff were all really friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely be back!

AC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, the food is delicious, the atmostphere and staff are relaxed and friendly. We went for a working lunch and I would definitely go back.