The Laughing Gravy
We came here to celebrate our anniversary and had a lovely dinner. Although the service started a bit slow with seating and greeting - after our mains were delivered the service was very attentive. I would especially recommend the chicken liver and foie gras starter and the venison Wellington main! Also, my husband says the truffle chips are better than Heston's! Would recommend to anyone for a nice supper out.
Fantastic, interesting food
We went to the laughing gravy for a late saturday lunch as a party of 5 people. All of the different dishes we ordered were delicious. The menu was varied and interesting - not just the menu standards you get everywhere, although there were some more staple options available. As we needed a later time for the booking the restaurant was not at all busy, however, we did not feel uncomfortable and still enjoyed the meal.
The Laughing Gravy, nr Waterloo SE1
An old favourite that fell from grace under poor ownership but is now transformed again. Ambitious food, extremely well presented but a touch fussy for some. Would benefit from a simpler lunchtime menu at more modest cost. Charming staff and proprietor. Good wine list, two vg Camden draught beers in spite of lack of a cellar. Intimate surroundings. Candles in evidence but the background music is almost intrusive sometimes. Lacks daylight but the new owner wisely installed a small pavement section/smoking lounge if you don't mind the traffic of the Blackfriars Rd. A good, quieter, more civilised alternative to the nearby Hope & Anchor. And you can book! Deserves continued success.
Still in our mind
We all had an amazing time here and still talking about how delicious the food was! We will definitely come back and recommend friends about this restaurant. Please do not change your chef, cook, quality of food, service and ambience. Whoever is managing this place has done a fantastic job!
We had dinner here before going to the globe theatre. Unusual menu but very tasty. Very friendly staff and although quiet when we arrived at 5pm it had filled up with a nice atmosphere by the time we left.
Laughing Gravy Knows How to Cook!
I hadn't been here for some years and my return was not a disappointment! The food was excellent, particularly the Venison Wellington, done to perfection: rare and utterly delightful. Ditto the Rump of Lamb. LG could make its House White a bit more interesting. We shall definitely return.
We had a lovely Friday night meal for 6 (including a vegetarian). The staff were friendly and the food was EXCELLENT - very inventive and super tasty. The restaurant is within comfortable walking distance of the South Bank. Our only 'criticism' is that the acoustics were quite poor, so it made it difficult to hear everybody around the table and sometimes also what the serving staff were saying (not much can be done about this but customers who have hearing problems might want to know - perhaps this is less of a problem for tables near the front). Otherwise, we would definitely recommend!
Well worth heading South for!
We discovered The Laughing Gravy late last year when we needed a venue that was close to Waterloo and what a find! It's well worth venturing a little further from The Cut for and it was great to see the dining room so busy, it looks like the secret is out!
Very nice restaurant
Great food, great service, and not at all bad prices. Music was a bit to jazzy for me, but hey, you can't please'em all!
Will definitely be coming back.
So I booked The Laughing Gravy due to hearing that it offered a lovely menu with perfect service. I wanted somewhere for an important evening and it delivered, even offering me steak from my home county of Lincolnshire.
What appears a perfect location for a Sunday lunch is actually a lovely all year round restaurant with service to match its high quality food.
Great Sunday Roast
Had a good Sinday roast followed by a super desert. Good service, nice indoor place best for a a winter Sunday lunch. Though other items on menu looked hood so sure would be nice for supper too...
We all enjoyed our meal and the place was good fun.
Expensive but we felt we were paying for quality rather than using one of these so called discount schemes.
Friendly service and excellent kitchen. An unexpected pleasant find. Don't be put off by the slightly odd location. Try it.
Amazing food, service lacking
The food in this place is to die for - each plate elicited plenty of 'oohs' and 'aahs' - and because of the location and general ambiance it really did have the feel of a well-kept secret, which went down very well with our group.
The downside is the service. The food took ages - over 45 mins - because of an issue with their printer it seems. It took them some time to whistle up some bread as a stop-gap and there was nothing in the way of updates or apologies from the waiting staff for the delay. It was their mess-up, not the kitchen's, and they didn't really take responsibility or even try to address it. The restaurant was incredibly quiet so it's not as though they were rushed off their feet.
For the food alone tho it is amazing.
For those who enjoy a nice meal.
An excellent choice for those who enjoy a nice meal. The food is great, service is excellent, friendly and fast. It is not very cheap, but in the end it is worth every penny.
Visit Number 2
The Laughing Gravy is now our 'go to' restaurant for a relaxed lunch or pre South Bank concert dinner. Very relaxed atmosphere great food and a decent wine list ticks all my boxes. Our choices today were confit pork belly and poached monkfish both very good although I did think that, apart from colour, the purple majesty potatoes added little to the dish. Mains were Sea bass and venison fillet Wellington again two very good dishes, the venison was cooked pink perfect. I had black cherry crumble with nougat ice cream the crumble being a little sweet for my not too sweet a tooth. We also enjoyed a carafe of very nice Kim Crawford New Zealand Pinot Noir.
Early evening dining
We chose the Laughing Gravy for dinner prior to a concert at the Festival Hall, and it was a longer walk in an uninviting area to get there.
So we were very relieved to have a very warm welcome, and good cocktail to start. The menu was excellent and the meal was very, very good. My friends forgave me for the long walk once they sampled the food.
The place was full, which was a surprise, at 6pm on a Saturday evening
I would definitely return, but by taxi!
Had lunch with my wife as a nice treat. The Laughing Gravy isn't a cheap meal but the food is excellent. A nice way to spend a lazy two hours.
The Laughing Gravy does it again
We had a Monday night dinner at the LG on 23rd September and the food and service were just as good as ever. The Cucumber Gimlet cocktail was soooo refreshing, the sole and the burger were delicious and the cheesecake was to die for. I want to find a pied a terre in Blackfriars Road, so we can pop in a few times a week!
A little gem
A short walk from Waterloo station and the streets are quiet as you approach the Laughing Gravy. Your expectations are not high but when you walk in it's a small oasis. Well decorated and a good feeling. Well presented and very good food. Friendly service and certainly not bad but a bit more knowledge of the menu and wine list would improve matters further. Overall an excellent place away from the hustle and bustle.
Best Meal I've Had This Year
Nice ambience and beautifully executed food served by friendly capable staff.
The venison Wellington was exceptional and my partner's chicken dish was a triumph of taste and texture.
I even credited them with ESP at one point as they phoned me in the afternoon to confirm the booking just as I was walking by their front door. Spooky!
Pre theatre at The Laughing Gravy
My 2nd visit to this great restaurant & bar near to Waterloo and the SouthBank. Interesting, well cooked food served in a relaxed atmosphere with mellow jazz in the background. Friendly service, turned 2 courses round in 100 minutes without feeling rushed.
Highly recommended restaurant if you want great food and a relaxed atmosphere. The resaturant is very inassuming from the exterior but the inside is warm, friendly and great for small or large gatherings like. The food was amazing - tasty, flavoursome and very creative. If you like game and/or seafood then this is the place to go.
Good eating options near the South Bank are hard to come by. Just 15 mins stroll south, the Laughing Gravy seemed convenient and away from the chains. A 2-course pre-concert dinner here was a delight: inventive, well-balanced and very flavoursome food. Some really neat twists in the menu, great ambience and attentive and helpful staff. All round impressive. Shame we didn't have time for dessert.
Better than expected
This restaurant is local to us and we've been meaning to try it for a while. It was a pleasurable experience, finer dining than expected. Tastey food and loved the beetroot starter. The cocktail was good but a bit too expensive.
The Laughing Gravy
The food was innovative and well executed. Portion sizes were good. Service was unhurried and friendly. The wine list covered several regions but some of the more basic wines looked a little overpriced.
It is rare for all 3 courses to be without fault but can honestly say the standard was very high throughout.
Would go back again.
Good food in a good atmosphere
I met a business colleague here for an informal midweek dinner. The restaurant was full which created a good atmosphere (if a little loud). Given the number of diners we expected a significant wait for our food but it arrived in good time. I enjoyed the flavours of the guinea fowl but would have preferred the skin crispy or removed (it was a little 'flabby'). My colleague had the trout and found it marginally over-cooked for her taste but we both enjoyed the meal and felt that it was good value given the high quality of the food.
Great restaurant, excellent food
Met friends here for Saturday lunch. Really relaxed atmosphere, friendly, professional staff and the food was superb. Would recommend to others and certainly go back again.
Great food and service!
Hidden germ in Southwark. Food was great and service outstanding!
Atmosphere / decoration was nothing crazy but very nice!
Highly recommended for a special occasion / romance night!
One of the best restaurant in London!
Laughing Gravy all round FABULOUS
Offered chilled tap water as soon as shown to table. Service, flavours, diversity all fabulous at the Laughing Gravy. Ten minutes from Tate Modern and closer to the Old Vic. Beetroot three way starter was exceptional. Venison Wellington and sea bream with accompaniments cooked to perfection. Rhubarb jelly concoction gorgeous. WOW
Amazing starter and dessert
Whilst the main, a venison en croute was lovely the black cherry encased chicken liver pate and fois grais was almost "when Harry met Sally". The dessert was a deconstructed salted praline affair which we shared as it was sweet. It was beautiful. Service excellent and attentive. Staff all positive and smiley. Will return and recommend.
great food and atmosphere
Had a family Sunday lunch and couldn't really find fault - superb roast and very attentive staff - extra gravy and custard ordered without a problem - not cheap but still good value.
Having just got engaged at
Having just got engaged at the top of The Shard I wanted somewhere special to celebrate such a special occasion. The Laughing Gravy fitted the bill perfectly. Lovely atmosphere attentive staff and a menu to die for! The whole meal was superb. We will return!
Lovely restaurant with great service and ambience. Staff are warm and friendly and efficient. A group of 6 included 4 vegetarians and they were happy with the choice open to them (although they do eat fish). The main courses were delicious particularly the venison wellington, burger, lamb and sea bass. The starters were a bit more hit and miss - the beetroot dish was pretty but miniscule portion meant we felt a bit short changed, The puddings were awesome - all of them! The wine list has a lot of choice in terms of region and price so no complaints. A lovely evening - will be back again no doubt! Thanks to staff!
Michelin-level food lack of service
My fiancé and I ordered liver pâté and pork belly as starters and of them were terrific! Especially the pâté, it was the most delicatedly made while the smoothest pâté we've ever had. Strongly recommended! Main courses were also great but not as impressive as starters. We did not try any of the wines, but the level of cocktails were outstanding. Environment there was easy and friendly, more closer to a bistro rather than a posh restaurant. The only let down was the service. People were very nice indeed, however, they were apparently short-handed that they could not have you covered all the time. Waiting for the bill took us 10min while waiting for the cash machine took another 10min.
Lively and lovely
Totally delicious friday post theatre dinner in this buzzing little restaurant.Not a huge menu but lots of interesting ideas and combinations so we still had trouble choosing! It was all fresh and beautifully cooked and presented.Even our non-pud eaters were tempted and not disappointed. Delightful staff and attentive service even though it was late and busy.Plenty of atmosphere and charm. ( romantic? - yes quite possibly, but not if your idea of romance is hushed!) Will look forward to next visit.
good food but a bit pricey
We had a lovely meal at the laughing gravy. A short walk from Waterloo station, they accommodated our group which included two prams with no problem. The menu looks delicious, but the best things are quite pricey. There are enough options to choose from though.
The ambience is nice and relaxed. Over all I soul recommend.
Lovely food and great service in a casual setting!
Good for Waterloo
Nice atmosphere and classy food although portions were a little small. Enjoyable night and convenient to Waterloo.
Post Fireworks Dinner at LG
The restaurant was pretty quite when we arrived at 6pm but packed by the time we left at 8, staff were friendly and efficient, and the food was very good indeed, will recommend to friends. This is a small friendly establishment, just slightly of the beaten track, its pretty handy for Southwark station on Jubilee line and the Cut at Waterloo.
Best dinner in London in ages
Fantastic find, will definitely be back! Food delicious, interesting yet familiar. All 3 courses were a hit, which doesn't happen very often. Kitchen a bit slow but we were relaxed so it wasn't a problem.
Try it out!
One of the best so far
I was really impressed by Laughing Gravy. I highly recommend (and I don't do that lightly). the meal was amazing, and I was surprised that the bill wasn't higher. Definitely try the sausage roll(?), and scotch egg with lagostines, if they are still on the menu. And don't miss the caramel dessert- it is a must. I know these don't soud like much, but every plate is elevated to a level that is quite unique.
One note: the Graves in the dessert wines is a 750ml bottle. A little surprised when it arrived but it went down nicely.
We had been recommended to go to the Laughing Gravy by a family member. Great food, good choice of drinks and good service. We will definately be returning
Great menu. We had the venison wellington which was outstanding. Love this place!
Ten out of ten!
I booked this restaurant because it was near the IMAX. So pleased I did, what a delightful place and the food is absolutely wonderful...
Delicious menu with decent vegetarian choices and innovative combinations of ingredients. Beetroot three ways may not sound so exciting but here the mix of roast, jellied and crunchy root veg was delightfully accompanied with creamy goats cheese and each flavour and texture remained distinct yet perfectly matched. Scallops were perfectly cooked with smooth champ and dessert of chocolate, caramel and nuts rich and unctuous. the only culinary faux pas was putting like into a sweet doughnut which didn't work at all, leaving a sour taste altogether. But that didn't spoil a lovely evening in a warm atmosphere. will go back again.
I booked the Laughing Gravy because of the menu and reviews. It was for my partners birthday, and I wanted somewhere with good food, nice atmosphere and good service, and this place delivered. My other half gets taken to 5 star places with work and can be very critical, but he was blown away with the quality of the menu and the visual appearance of the food. My favourite was the cherry chicken liver starter. Definitely comeback again. Not many places you can find in London with great service, relaxed atmosphere and superb food.
Quality food and a relaxed vibe
Laughing Graving is a great little restaurant - fantastic food (most especially the desserts - I highly recommend Salted caramel fudge and shortbread filled chocolate cylinder) and a great wine list but also it has a very informal/cosy feel and the service is friendly and down to earth. Highly recommended.
The Aristocrat on the LaughingGravy
It takes a lot to please me in that I've travelled to circa 34 Countries in Europe Middle East and Africa and have dinned in, well simply put, loads of restaurants. The LGravy impressed me! Superb food so well done Chief Chef and Team!
A local gem
Having lived in the area for just over seven years, it's always good to discover a new favourite. That's what The Laughing Gravy will be to us. The cherry foie-gras starter was particularly good, reminiscent of Blumenthal's 'Meat Fruit'. Deserts were worth not ordering sides for. You'll want to save room for them. They also know how to make an excellent espresso martini which for some reason can be a rarity in London.