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The Spice Oven

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2-4 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AT, England
+44 118 948 1000
12:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank karenstarke2017
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74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Garth100
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank michael t
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went hear with some friends for my birthday, I had never been and have heard mixed reviews. With Cosmos being the next largest mixed cuisine buffet in the area it had a lot to live up to. It succeeded! it was cheaper then cosmos at £15.00 pp including refillable drinks. Its not as big as the other chain but... More 

Thank Natasha W
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Went to The Spice Overn for the first time on Saturday night and we will never go back again. No one was there to welcome us on arrival, not knowing what to do we eventually asked at the bar about our reservation - to which they didn't even ask our name, just asked us to sit in the waiting area.... More 

Thank NV2706
Slough, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We booked a table for 5 people, arrived on time and was moved to the waiting area. Whilst here we were next to the bar that was full to the brim of dirty used glasses that hadn't been cleaned yet and looked like there was no attempt to move anything. Waited about 20 mins for a table that was already... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$17 - 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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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?