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“Terrible service !! Good food.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Spice Oven

The Spice Oven
Church Street, Reading, England
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Ranked #168 of 503 Restaurants in Reading
Price range: $40 - $50
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
1 review
“Terrible service !! Good food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Good food but some of the staff have bad attitude during several visits!!
Wouldnt prefer to go again but my wife and kids like the food so ones in a while worth visiting.
I prefer cosmo instead which is in Reading town centre.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cheltenham
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“a nice eat!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We visited here during a recent trip to Reading. The vegetarian food is slightly limited and not well distributed amongst the different sections. They have lots of vegetarian curries and sides however literally nothing in the chinese section. Delicious desserts! A large selection of icecreams and puddings such as chocolate fudge cakes and apple pie. Did not need to book but it was a Sunday evening. Would come here again - the food was a good standard but no dish particularly stood out.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Reading, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Visited here a few times now, love it! Great atmosphere, food and not rushed! Perfect for families too, good range of food for kids! This is a much better atmosphere than overated 'Cosmo', love the puddings especially! Will organise a birthday cake if needed and its free also you can order balloons for your special occasion!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“grt..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Food was hot and simply delicious great variety of all foods and the pudding selection was a lot..Loved the rum and raisin ice cream..Service was ok as the restaurant was too busy and the waiters were busy serving everyone running here and there..Atmosphere was good..we really had fun...

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Perfect for a stag party....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

A few weeks ago it was a friend of mines stag-do and after being told repeatedly that he would prefer to do something a little more laid back than the average stag-party we opted to go for a curry. The spice oven turned out to be the perfect place for. A massive place that can easily accommodate large parties. There were 11 of us. We all were able to get served drinks quickly and the staff were great at making sure we were satisfied. The large selection of buffet food, while not being of the greatest quality was still amazing. I usually hate the idea of a place selling more than one type of food. Indian and Italian instantly suggests to me a place will not be so good. However for the price everything I ate was perfect. As a vegetarian as well everything is clearly marked as vegan/veggie, gluten free etc. This was a nice touch and one of the only places I have ever eaten at that has bothered to do this for its customers.

I would reccomend this place to anyone wanting a quick and enjoyable meal. I however would not go there for a romantic evening. Far too busy and far too many kids. However, if you have a large group this place is perfect.

Thanks very much Spice Oven.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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