The Laughing Gravy

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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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OT
London
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing people and made us feel like we’re at home.

SE
New England
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is scrumptious and service excellent - just a bit noisy in the main restaurant - fine by the bar.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere and friendly service. The best Sunday roast in London.

e
Brighton
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our visit to The Laughing Gravy was fabulous! On a cold, wet London evening it was just the cheerful place to be! The food was so delicious, especially the gluten free options and the service was so friendly! Will definitely recommend to friends and family and will come again ourselves! A truly great find!

OY
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over a year ago, my boyfriend and I happened to stumble upon the Laughing Gravy by accident - and we're so glad that we did. After our recent return for our 1-year anniversary, we were pleased that the charm and ambiance of the restaurant had not disappeared, nor the attentiveness and excellent service by the host and wait staff. We both appreciated the change in menu, as it gave us a chance to try something new and it meant seasonal food was being prepared, something I find is very important to me when dining. I especially enjoyed the Braised Rabbit Pappardelle Ragout which was flavourful and surprisingly light. My boyfriend tried the Casareccia pasta with cheddar pesto which was gorgeous. We will certainly not wait another year to come back as we thoroughly enjoyed the experience once again!

MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very relaxing, warm and welcoming. The colours and light were soft and matching well. The food - from presentation to taste - was excellent. Real sweet and savoury journey. Service was very good.
Overall great spot for a date or a dinner with friends or family. Would definitely return back soon!

LA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being French we are aware that we are quite difficult in terms of restaurant. The laughing gravy is really a very good restaurant. The food is good and the service is more than adequate.In addition to finding us a place a little further back in the restaurant as we requested on the site Opentable, the staff offered us two glasses of champagne on the occasion of the marriage proposal that took place in the afternoon, thank you again it was really very nice of them! We will be back during our next trip to London.

DD
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quirky and friendly, the staff are attentive and interested in helping you enjoy your evening. The food is excellent.

T
London
26 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fabulous food, unusual original combinations
Great for pre theatre
Beautifully presented

KP
Hertfordshire
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt friendly service, great food and drinks. A pre-theatre must

L
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful roast beef! Slightly on the pricier side but lovely for a treat! Really enjoyed it and would reccomend to anyone wanting a delicious Sunday lunch.

FB
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fantastic wine list. staff friendly.

JI
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food, nice ambience, great service. Every time we vist Londen, we at least pass by once during our visit.

PT
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with friends to catch up and really enjoyed it. Food etc was great, just a bit noisy but we are all getting on so all a bit deaf!

JM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

the laughing Gravy got us in at short notice, I only booked in the morning and we were lucky to get in. lovely atmosphere and the staff were attentive and polite. We had a roast dinner which was amazing but I would liked the beef to be a bit more done because it makes it difficult to cut. It was still lovely though, so next time I will ask for that. That would make it absolutely perfect for me.
thank you for a nice experience and we will definitely be coming back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food, great friendly service. Well worth a visit.

FR
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I always like the Laughing Gravy - food is good and it works well for a pre Old Vic early dinner and drink. Only feedback is - the first thing out of the staff's mouth shouldnt be "You only have your table for two hours"-

e
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant with innovative dishes served up with beautiful presentation. Who would have thought to serve up scotch eggs made from scallops, shrimp and crayfish!! And to serve them on a plate that was as great on the eyes as on the palate. Everything was delicious and yet reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

P
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I would defintiely have a Sunday lunch here again. It was loud enough for children not to be an issue but quiet enough to talk. The menu is not that children freindly but they were accomodating and honestly I was not that concerned. I would perhaps go with adults only next time as it is more that sort of restaurant.

LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast I’ve had in London! Great value and friendly service, would highly recommend

h
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gravy is always delicious. I plan to come every tine I’m in London. Delicious food! I had the Venison Wellington and it was delicious. Highly recommend!

E
Bedfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food with really good options for a non-meat eater. Very helpful staff with personality. Appreciated the query regarding our need to depart in time for a show and managing our reservation accordingly.

BC
London
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with really friendly and professional service. We had a fantastic night at Laughing Gravy and are looking forward to going back as soon as possible.

HW
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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 October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AD
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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 October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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 October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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 September 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

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 September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic, totally recommend!

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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