Eat Lamb Butt and British Mushy Peas in London

After my first mushy pea experience, I was quite hesitant about there being a second. I was not a fan. But, a London local suggested trying peas at some place other than a pub. I cautiously obliged.

The Laughing Gravy, located near the Southbank and Borough district, offers a menu of fresh, seasonal dishes.

And lamb rump. And fancy mushy peas.
The Laughing Gravy in London

We arrived just prior to the kitchen opening for the noon lunch rush, though the bar was staffed and ready to serve libations.

You don’t have to tell me twice. One jammy red wine for me please.
The Laughing Gravy Menu

The quaint bar area featured an unexpected and eclectic library of books where customers could swap titles. 

I picked up the paperback 300 Unmissable Events Around the World and noted to make future travel plans to Japan to crash Hadaka Matsuri, a naked festival where only men participate. Kudos to Japan for creating such an event.
Laughing Gravy Library

Just a few minutes before noon, and after perusing several entertaining books, we were seated at the coveted piano table. It is purely my assumption that this table is the most desirable. Why wouldn’t it be? You could literally impersonate Bach while dining.

If I only would have crossed off “learn Chopsticks on the piano” from my bucket list, I may have been a superstar pianist to the two other patrons.
The Piano Table at Laughing Gravy in London

We ordered two meals from the creative, upper-scale menu. No fish & chips in sight.

The first plate to arrive was a large butt-cheek; a cider marinated lamb rump with herb infused fondant potatoes (18.50). Sounds enticing. Looks plump. Tastes great for being a lambs derriere. Real juicy. Ok, I’m going to stop the posterior references now.
Lamb Rump at Laughing Gravy in London

The other dish was a Spring hash with roast Jerusalem artichoke, crushed peas, barley and micro herb salad (12.50). The Laughing Gravy is so hoity toity that they serve ‘crushed peas’ not mushy ones.

Do you see the pseudo mushy peas strategically placed on my towering meal? Just from the presentation alone, I had high hopes for these peas.

They were freshly smashed and mixed with a hint of mint. I like these peas.

Apparently British peas come in a variety of textures and tastes. Some better than others.
Mushy Peas Dish Laughing Gravy in London

Have you ever had lamb rump? How do you like your mushy peas?

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2018-12-21T17:52:13+00:00June 11th, 2012|Categories: England, Europe, FOOD, QUIRKY, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , |


  1. Nicole June 11, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply

    looks good! I've never had lamp rump before but it looks delish (if only I were still eating meat!)

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 11, 2012 at 8:44 am - Reply

      It was a delicious rump!

  2. Jonathan Look, Jr. June 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I have never found "Mushy Peas" too appealing either. Maybe time to rethink. Now Lamb Butt properly cooked sounds amazing!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      The trick is finding ‘crushed peas’ – AKA: fancy mushy peas 😉

  3. Juliann | Browsing the Atlas June 12, 2012 at 3:53 am - Reply

    I'm headed to England in July. I may have to try mushy peas, though they don't really sound all that good. I'll look for the word "crushed." Wish me luck!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 12, 2012 at 4:13 am - Reply

      You’ll to to try both mushy and crushed to let me know what you think! Have a wonderful trip 🙂

  4. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures June 12, 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    All I can say is thank goodness I'm a veggie haha!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 12, 2012 at 8:14 am - Reply

      I do love my veggies too, just not mushy peas 😉

  5. Nancy June 12, 2012 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Great blog!   I love your writing and photography.  My favorite topics as well – food and travel adventures.   I'm planning the grand adventure with my husband as we prepare to sell everything and become citizens of the world with just our backpacks so I started a blog of my own to share our stories and inspire others.  So glad I found your site.  I'll be following!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      What a wonderful life adventure you have ahead of you! I will be following along 🙂

  6. Heather June 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I had mushy peas for the first time last month with my fish-n-chips. They were alright. I'd rather visit The Laughing Gravy too. What a name!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      I know, I love the name!

  7. Earthdrifter June 14, 2012 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Those plates rank high from an appearance perspective.  I'm not typically into gamey meat but I'd comsume that lambs rump in the spirit of being a <i>new experience aficionado</i> 🙂

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      The presentation of the plates was stunning!

  8. Born27 June 21, 2012 at 8:00 am - Reply

    This food really looks so delicious and so tasteful.. I'm not a fan of peas either, but I like eating it sometimes. I hope I can visit the place too!

  9. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family June 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    After two months in South East Asia, I'm craving some lamb! Easy to find now that we're in NZ.
    An Earl Grey Fizz cocktail sounds divine!!!!!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 30, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply

      Rack of lamb is one what I crave a lot 🙂

  10. Fassaden Burgenland July 9, 2014 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Love 😉

  11. Kerry July 9, 2014 at 4:02 am - Reply

    I like the sound of any restaurant with books on site and even more especially if it is in London. 🙂

  12. London Airports Transfers February 1, 2018 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Found this place by chance, wasn’t far from our hotel . The menu had a number of options for starters, mains and sides, with an impressive wine selection. Food was quickly served and the quality did not disappoint. Highly recommended!

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