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The Spice Oven

2-4 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AT, England
+44 118 948 1000
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible14%
Travelers talk about
“ice cream” (17 reviews)
“duck pancakes” (3 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 10:30 PMAll hours
Chinese, Indian, Asian
$$ - $$$
2-4 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AT, England
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1 - 10 of 254 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So the closure for a fancy revamp is totally wasted. Some furniture moved around that's it. Food is appalling, dried out to the extent the gravy was solid and the orange segments drying out. A lot of empty dishes and food all other the sides...More

Thank LL156
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a buffet that caters for the choosy, the experimental and children Easy to book and friendly staff which makes it nice. A lot of space and easily accessible areas all round a lovely place.

Thank tiffanymarin2017
Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

Has really gone down hill. Staff did you a big favour by coming over and very unfriendly. Buffet was very limited and facilities are filthy. After many years this will have been our last visit.

1  Thank Lynn M
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

Well! Yesterday we visited spice oven for our sons 16th bday. We have been several times before over the years and it's always been rather pleasant. Sad to say that's no longer the case. The place is filthy, service was non existent and when you...More

1  Thank Winston A
Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

This has to be the dirtiest eatery I ever been to , the food is stale and the toilets filthy. My son was chewing for at least 5min on the aromatic duck , he had to excuse himself to the toilet to get rid of...More

1  Thank Tracy D
Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

Had a business meeting with a few colleagues. Food was excellent and the service to match. Gave us our own area for the evening to conduct our business. Will certainly be returning with my family as well as for business purposes.

Thank jamesW7777777
Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

Horrible food quality. Salad bar had some items that tasted as if they are off (olives and pickles). Mains buffet smelled and tasted rancid, like they have been their for a couple of days. Service .. big zero. Hygiene.. very poor. I didn't feel comfortable...More

1  Thank speedshery
Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

Good value for money, 4 adults and a child was ~£60. Food was ok, nothing outstanding, not a fantastic selection if you didn't want oriental or Indian. According to my wife the deserts were a bit tasteless. Soft drinks were refillable which was a pleasant...More

Thank Roamingjay_Snowy
Reviewed May 12, 2017 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...More

4  Thank MrsTGL
Reviewed April 19, 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...More

2  Thank Andy N
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Julia B
February 13, 2017|
Response from Carolyn G | Reviewed this property |
When you have live bugs crawling around in your food and the staff all of sudden don't understand what your saying the level of communication is selective one of our party was off work with food poisoning for 10 days after... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$19 - $20
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children
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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