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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HW
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Over all it was a great dinner and the waiter who's first day it was was absolutely fantastic. I hope he passes the probation period...
The gravy really was on another level. My only grip and this I'm sure was because of the time of day we were there was the lack of trimmings. I enjoy cabbage probably more than most but was disappointed that it was the bulk of the trimmings and not enough root veg.
You MUST have the puddings...

M
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place, a great first experience. Nice decor, friendly service and excellent food

L
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Very comfortable and quiet restaurant. Attentive service.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place as great. Make sure you get CJ as your server!

AD
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a really enjoyable Sunday lunch. The food was very good and the perfect size, not too big and not too small. We left feeling satisfied. I have to say, the gravy/jus was lovely if you like a rich thin gravy/jus. I would recommend the laughing Gravy to anyone.

If I had one criticism, it would be that my plate of food could have been a bit warmer when I received it but I am just being picky.

DS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding gastropub. Service was excellent - incredibly freindly, chatty staff and the food exceeded my expectations. Probably the best Sunday roast I've had in London. Would highly recommend the beef roast.

M
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant with good selection of dishes. Polite and friendly service. Reasonable value for money and high quality of food. Good location near Waterloo and Southwark tubes.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb place, I honestly have no idea how this isn't constantly booked up. Food is fantastic, service is just as good. Have been here a couple of times and both times have left feeling very full and very happy.

It's a bit pricey so isn't a cheap night out but for what it is, I would 100% pay again.

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

We arrived and the table was ready, the service was excellent as was the food. The 4 of us had a really lovely time and could not find fault with anything. I would highly recommended this restaurant. Every table was taken, food and drinks arrived quickly and efficiently we will defiantly go back if we are back in London. We loved it.

t
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had Avery good welcome and although the place was empty as we ate very early we still had a table by the toilet entrance. The staff were attentive and the meal enjoyable though the cheeses board was unexciting with only tiny pieces of chess biscuits.

J
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Laughing Gravy definitely surpassed our expectations from the moment we arrived!
The menu was varied, full of unusual twists and there was an interesting wine list plus a good selection of cocktails.
Everything was delicious and the staff were friendly and efficient.
We would highly recommend it as a alternative to the standard central London restaurants.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We thought the food was unique and tasty and beautifully presented. Somehow the service did not match the refinement of the food so it affected our experience a little.

F
London
31 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Sadly food was a let down. Service slow but ambience nice. I was excited to try out this restaurant with such good reviews but very disappointing. Good over complicated and not nice at all

C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service staff were lovely in not hassling us to finish early. Delicious food. Desserts a little pricey but otherwise zero complaints. A delightful evening.

OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic, totally recommend!

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute, bright restaurant. Great place for a family meal or special occasion. I’d definitely take my parents/grandparents here as the ambient noise wasn’t too loud and the service was great. Sunday roast was delicious.

AR
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

KF
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, tasty food but modest portions. Service was friendly and attentive. The glass roof with fairy lights was pretty but the glass looked a little clouded.

m
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food & service, elegant decor

ED
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I only chose this place to meet a friend after work because of the name and the fact it had good reviews and was close to Waterloo was a bonus. It didn't disappoint. We had an absolutely delightful meal in a charming restaurant. Hidden gem I believe I saw written somewhere, I'll say. Tucked away in busy Blackfriars I felt like I was in a local restaurant I've been going to for years. The food was excellent, the service friendly and efficient, the room was cosy yet airy and I could hear myself think, we had a lovely time. The loos were nice too, always a plus point for that. As for the all important question would I return, you bet I would.

L
London
16 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I used this for a business meal. Interesting menu, with a good range of dishes. My party were generally impressed, thought some thought the portion sizes were a little small.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
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 on 16 September 2019
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

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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.

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