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The Spice Oven

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2-4 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AT, England
+44 118 948 1000
17:30 - 23:45
Closed now
All 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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank Mak C
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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 

1 Thank Laura H
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank SajChowdhury1968
1 review
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 

Thank Rachel J
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

Thank gunnersbird
Reading, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

Thank Georgina B
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

First visit here despite having lived in Caversham for many years. The food was plentiful with a great variety. I felt the atmosphere was non existent, horrible lighting, no music and the staff looked total fed up. A bit concerned that there were children around the ice cream area licking the tops of cakes and putting them back!! More the... More 

Thank Jackie G
Reading, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Really impressed with the food here, much more flavour than the average buffet. The nice thing is the layout is good, despite it being a buffet it still feels much more like a restaurant than a canteen. You can easily enjoy friends company without being 'passing ships' going up and down to the buffet as its a reasonably small venue.... More 

Thank Dean R
Reading, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

I' ve been a lot of times, but this was not as good. It was really hot in & outside, which made us uncomfortable to eat. The staff were pleasant, but the food was not as good, with less choice, & it didn't seem fresh . The price has gone up about £1 since my last visit, & for what... More 

Thank busbylewis
Reading, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

The food is really good there's everything you could want .. they also do children's food like burgers hotdogs chips onion rings .. also the setting is nice as there is a stream running through the middle of the building with fish swimming around ... Its a unusual layout .. only one downside the toilets look like a crime scene... More 

Thank ian k

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 18 - USD 19
Chinese, Indian, Asian, Thai
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 23:45
17:30 - 23:45
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?