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The Spice Oven

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2-4 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AT, England
+44 118 948 1000
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Sat 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for a mates birthday. Food selection was good and wide spread. Only thing is the layout is quite narrow so if its busy can be a bit of squeeze trying to get food. Tables are well spaced and bar staff bring drinks to the table. Drinks are reasonably priced. Good for large groups of people would recommend for... More 

Thank Lee G
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244 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We often enjoy a family curry at the spice oven, reasonable value at £15/adult, £8/10 & under on Friday night (a bit cheaper Monday-Thursday) for all you can comfortably pack away without regretting it! Wine is from £14/bottle and beer around £4/pint. It worked out at just over £50 for 2 adults and a kid including drinks so not cheap... More 

Thank Ricardodesantaalbana
Wallingford, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We reserved a table for eighteen family members and were given more than enough space to sit comfortably and get easy access to everything we needed. We had people with dietary needs such as gluten and vegan and these people all had more than enough choice (their words not mine). The staff were very attentive and drinks were brought to... More 

Thank Trevor A
United Kingdom
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164 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

I can find it pretty hard to eat out at restaurants, so it is good to find somewhere with such a wide variety. We usually come to the Spice Oven for family get-togethers so always book in advance online as there are around 20 of us! Located just into Caversham over the bridge from Reading, you can park in the... More 

Thank Jesseekarr
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

We went as a group of 11 they couldn't sit us all together so not a great start! However we ordered drinks, which took a long time to come, and off we went to the buffet. I liked the choice of starters and salads all very good, then I moved on to Duck & pancakes with plum sauce also very... More 

Thank AndyO949
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

We went here for a 40th birthday party and I think it has to be the worst restaurant I have ever stepped foot in. The food was cold, old and just not edible. The people on the buffet stand were miserable, one man rubbed his hands in his hair and then served. The food all tasted the same - disgusting.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$18 - $20
Chinese, Indian, Asian, Thai
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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?