The Laughing Gravy

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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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AR
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great service, food, drink and atmosphere at The Laughing Gravy, highly recommend

m
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food & service, elegant decor

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall, good experience, but poor value for money.

Service was fine, a little slow at times and there was an error on our bill, but overall our waiter was nice. I wasn’t sure why we were waited on by multiple different people but the main guy was fine.

Food - quite good but not spectacular. Had to add quite a bit of salt for flavour and pepper to my rabbit ragout. There was also a bit too much pasta and not enough meat. The chips with truffle were also disappointing - they weren’t actually chips with shaved truffle; instead they were soaked in ‘truffle oil’ which was quite dense and heavy.

Ambience was nice, my chair was rickety and didn’t stay straight, but the environment, music and lighting was very good. The lights dimmed as the night went on which was nice.

I was a little bit let down that I wrote on my Opentable request that it was my girlfriends birthday and the restaurant seemed to know nothing about it until I requested. I recently went to Hawksmoor for my birthday and without even asking, the staff said happy birthday and even knocked off the dessert. Unfortunately it felt like we were just another couple of customers which was fine, it just wasn’t special. They did put a candle on the dessert which was very nice after I asked, though.

Value for money was just not there though. I can’t justify paying £5 for a measly portion of chips doused in cheap truffle oil, or £23 for pasta with a little bit of rabbit meat.

Thank you very much for the experience, I enjoyed the food, but at this point in time I can’t recommend the restaurant.

p
London
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food; interesting wine list; friendly and efficient service

H
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Generally it was lovely. The roast was perfect in composition and portion. The wine list offered a good range. My only disappointment was the cheese. Mature cheddar and a bit of brie doth not a cheese plate make. It was markedly underwhelming in comparison with the main course.
Otherwise it was simply lovely

MF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic staff. fantastic ambiance.

KJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant where we always receive a great welcome. The cooking is excellent and the menu interesting. The wine list has some interesting bottles at a reasonable for London price. Service is friendly and impeccable.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service. Happy, cheerful staff.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Interesting mix of food and everything was delicious. Also great wine with a good selection

CT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best roast and strongly recommend for future.

A very good location too.

GM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent small restaurant. Very friendly staff and very good food and wine. Highly recommended

Gordon

f
London
93 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our first visit to laughing gravy and will return. The main room is unexpectedly light and spacious thanks to a large roof light. It was quiet when we were there (Thursday lunchtime) so not much atmosphere but on a busier sitting we can imagine a pleasant vibe. The food and wine were good - I enjoyed a delicious malt-glazed pork belly which was beautifully cooked with shards of crisp crackling speared into the neat mound of crushed celeriac. Plenty of choice of wines by the glass or 500 cl carafe.
Friendly but not pushy service.

GR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and staff! Did a great job accommodating for my allergies.

SM
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Amazing food! Will definitely be travelling from Southampton to visit again. Would highly recommend!

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful evening! From the appetizers to the wine and main entrees, a true delight.

IP
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent venue for a celebratory family lunch. Wonderful food and wines. Made for a very enjoyable Saturday!

OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful little restaurant in a great location!

JT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We went for the Sunday roast, my partner had lamb which was tough and dry. I had beef which was only okay.
Service was good and friendly, but will not return.

ML
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, really. We enjoyed very much our Sunday roasts (lamb, mine, and beef for my partner - both superb). Good choice of wine, outstanding desserts. Would definitely recommend. Great service, friendly and never overwhelming.

b
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The description of the food was fab and so was the presentation. However all the dishes were tasteless.

W
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent roast enjoyed by all and dessert was delicious, friendly staff will definitely be back.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was really nice: the food, the atmosphere ... will come back for sure!

SA
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a warm and welcoming environment. A small but friendly space with top notch cuisine. Cannot wait to go back to try some more of the menu.

JD
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was found by putting into the net “ good places for lunch near Waterloo station”. The reviews were very good and it definitely lived up to them. We were a party of 4 and all had different main courses and deserts and they were all very tasty and very different. We will tell our friends about it.
One of the reviews said it was a secret place in south London and that is true

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food.....fish mains superb.
Good service.....attentive, but not overly so.
Soave went perfectly.

JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unbelievable cherry bourbon sour! Loved the food and ambience!

SK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic cocktails. Scrumptious food. Delightful wait staff.

PF
Berkshire
51 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal at the Gravy on Saturday evening - delicious sea bream with mussels, very good burger and a really good white chocolate ice cream with coffee liqueur. Staff are happy to answer questions about the food, too !

E
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Having been urged to prebook our meals because we were a party of 8, and being a Friday night the kitchen was going to be very busy, I was disappointed with the several mistakes made with our order. As a result, one of our party didn’t get their main course until the other 7 had finished theirs. Only two of our party had ordered puddings, both of which had been forgotten. Also, the menu online was different to the meals that were available on the night. It’s too pricey to be so slapdash.

EW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food-try the scotch egg and venison Wellington for a real treat. Very good service also. I’d highly recommend

F
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good choice in Central London. Delicious cocktails, food and wine. Will be back to work our way through the menu!

GF
London
25 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Starter was amazing, but the venison Wellington main was slightly less successful. Could have been steak, however the sauce & supporting veg was good. (Very light on mash potato.)

r
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful, the server was attentive, friendly, accommodating and pleasant and the food was incredible! Delicious and beautiful. The drink menu was immense and they have some wonderful wines. Fantastic

LN
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice surroundings, friendly and efficient staff. The food was excellent. Wanted to show our son a nice place to eat in his new surroundings as he moved in nearby.

NC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and decor, Delicious meal, friendly efficient staff, thank you

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top quality food as good as any you'll find in more famous places. It is tasty, presented beautifully and great value. Don't be put off by its unfashionable location.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and Anna’s customer service was great!

v
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the best waitress ever!!!!!
Love this place

PP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great night with great food and service. Lovely atmosphere and not too loud. Thanks

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We booked online and met friends at the restaurant for a Friday night dinner. Service was very good as was ambience and the food. We had a most enjoyable evening and have no hesitation in recommending the restaurant

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