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The Spice Oven

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2-4 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AT, England
+44 118 948 1000
Today
17:30 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 17:30 - 22:30
Thu - Sat 17:30 - 23:45
Sat 12:30 - 15:30
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Reading, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went for a meal last night as part of a larger group and was not impressed. The food that was available was mediocre, but the biggest issue was empty food trays. I went back three time for Chicken Jalfrezi and on each occasion, there was only source. Same with the spicy prawns and Roti’s. When I did get a Roti... More 

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Thank DavidHowell0194
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to The Spice Oven for the start of my work's Christmas "do". The selection of food, be it Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Italian, or good old English was fabulous! Really well cooked dishes, and the buffet style of the restaurant meant you could eat as much as you liked!! Great value for money and would recommend!

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Thank Trevor W
Reading, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Never been here before and will never go back again where do I start 1. Happy waitress (not) 2. Only got as far as first corse and our whole table of 11 walked out and refused to pay for food as one of party found a live bug crawling in crispy duck 3. After trying to explain to manager this... More 

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1 Thank Carolyn G
Reading, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

went for my works' Christmas meal. it was an as much as you can eat buffet style. brilliant variety of food and the food was beautiful, they have everything , salad ,curries, Chinese, Indian, chips chicken nuggets, ribs ect ect. well worth a visit , I highly recommend. It has goodish access (as I am a wheelchair user), from the... More 

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Thank Helen P
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I tried here because cosmo was so jam packed for a good reason. Decided to try this place. 'SPICE OVEN'. Walked in to a pretty poor layout of floor space but does get a little better towards the food area. However. The larger people would just about fit through the walkways. Nice pond with live carp in the centre with... More 

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2 Thank Mak C
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I visited here with a group quite recently. Over the years i have visited its been very good & giving the spice oven a great review. Unfortunatley i must say its gone downhill alot. Our waitress we had was very slow at taking our drinks letting alone understanding what we wanted. Food has no taste its bland right through hardly... More 

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1 Thank Laura H
Reading, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We have been coming here for years. There is constant change of management but the food is always very good. The Kung Po lamb is my favourite. However on this particular night we had a waitress who got our drinks order wrong throughout the whole night. An example, we ordered a small glass of Hardy's red only to get a... More 

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Thank SajChowdhury1968
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Came here with a friend after having not been for 2-3 years, I would say the place has gone downhill. Booked a table and arrived at 7:30. Sat next to another couple in the waiting area, waitress comes over and says "table for two" to which ourselves and the other couple reply "yep". Instead of asking for names the waitress... More 

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1 Thank Rachel J
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

1st visit for us. Food was good plenty of choice. Service was good. Must say as in previous reviews area leading to toilets and the toilets themselves could do with a good clean. But apart from that had a nice meal.

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Thank gunnersbird
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Family gathering..but very disappointed.. Having decided to go to the Spice Oven for a family meal as there were 6 adults & 4 children so we decided a buffet would be worthwhile... There is a very large selection of food available but I have to say an awful lot of it was dry and looked as if it had been... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 17 - US$ 19
Cuisine
Chinese, Indian, Asian
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
17:30 - 23:45
Friday
17:30 - 23:45
Saturday
17:30 - 23:45
12:30 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2-4 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 948 1000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?