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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 - 22:30
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow where do I start , I can honestly say me and my husband were very unimpressed with spice oven! Firstly there was no greeting or explanation of how the service works the coke that was brought to me was flat however they promptly replaced it. As me and my husband were looking at the variety the disappointment on our... More 

1 Thank MrsTGL
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66 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

I visited the Spice Oven expecting a curry and found it to be an international buffet inside! It's ok looking inside.. you kind of cross a bridge inside the venue to get to the tables and food which is a bit quirky but ok. Food wise there's plenty to choose from, some of it is quite nice, a lot is... More 

Thank Andy N
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Food is not fresh and it's obvious. Chinese dumplings taste completely indian. Staff are untrained and there is a general lack of attention to detail. Though a jug of water of brought, no glasses came along though we waited. We had to ask for glasses. Also the food is supposed to be 'international buffer' but in reality it's more of... More 

Thank k9kondop7
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I accompanied our daughter for her birthday meal. First visit for me, but not for them. Our waitress was very friendly and made us feel welcome. Drinks served quickly. The food is a buffet system. Various cuisines from around the world but biased to Indian/Chinese. Choices quite good but quality is budget. Perfectly acceptable. A large group... More 

Thank reelvideoman
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We went here on Friday for dinner, Busy night, but not a welcoming environment. We have ordered cauliflower manchurian, which was really awesome. Then in main course we have ordered Kadhai Paneer and Tandoori chapati, which also tasted really awesome. Overall i would like to say that it is good restaurant for indian food (which i have tried).

Thank Namita D
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Food was cold and tasted like it had been sat around for hours even though we arrived as it opened the restaurant itself inside is nice but the food is dreadful and poor quality

1 Thank karenstarke2017
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Sunday night, not to busy but still took a long while to get drinks ordered and then they got order wrong (twice). Lots of dirty catering/plates around and floor also did not look like it had been cleaned in awhile. Food is mixed bag with Indian, and Chinese mostly..You can help yourself to as much as you want but frankly... More 

1 Thank Garth100
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Went to the spiced oven tonight with my family for 5pm opening time , walked in and the place was empty , we asked for a table for 3 only for the polish waitress to ask us if we had a reservation , we replied no , to be told we are full we have no room even thought the... More 

Thank Andrew T
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Booked for all our family (12) to celebrate my wife's birthday here two weeks ago (sat) having visited several times in the past. Although the outside of the building is very shabby (why ?) don't be put off as inside it's quite different and the food well worth a visit. Sadly although I had requested table decorations when booking 3... More 

Thank pax2n
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Not much to say. .. some of the food was ok, a lot of it tasted like it was deep fried and from Iceland... but acceptable. The toilets on the other hand look like the hadn't had a proper clean since they where built, no hot water in any sinks (been disconnected) toilet rolls stacked on floor next to the... More 

2 Thank michael t

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$19
Chinese, Indian, Asian
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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?