Official CasinoTripReview Rating - Grosvenor Casino - Reading Central
  • Location
  • Features
  • Slots
  • Tables
  • Hospitality
3.7

Summary

A compact but accessible casino in the heart of Reading town centre. Good number of slot machines for the size of the venue, and friendly staff / great food.

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2.25 (4 votes)

The Grosvenor Casino Reading is in the heart of Reading at Queen’s Road, Reading, RG1 4SY, at the east side of the popular Oracle Riverside area of bars, restaurants and shops. It is an easy 10-15 minute walk from the mainline train station. There are also several car parks very close by, including the Oracle car park, and an NCP car park which they advertise as refunding the cost of parking their upon your next visit. We have not yet tested how easy this is.

 

The casino is open 7 days a week from 12pm to 5am Monday to Thursday and 24 hours Friday to Sunday. Tables open in the week from 2pm.

Casino Layout & Features

  • Slots and Electronic terminals
  • Table Games
  • Poker Tournaments (not at time of review)
  • Entry – Free (membership available; free of charge)
  • 2 x bars
  • 1 x restaurant
  • set over two levels
  • Cash machines available (be careful, they charge – use the free service from the cashiers desk)

This is a compact casino split over two floors.

The ground floor houses a number of IGT, Novoline and Gaminator slot machines; 12 electronic roulette terminals and an automated electronic roulette wheel. There is also a small bar, toilets, a small seating area, cash machine and a ticket cash out machine.

 

On the first floor are additional IGT and Gaminator slot machines, bringing the total to 20. The first floor is where you will find the card tables and roulette tables (details below) as well as a further 12 electronic roulette terminals.

Up here you will also find the casino’s restaurant, the main bar, toilets and the cashier’s desk.

Cash machine’s are available, though they charge a £1 transaction fee. To avoid this you can withdraw cash for free from the cash desk if it is for over £50. If you choose this option you will be asked to set a daily limit which I feel is quite responsible of the casino. Not all Casinos will ask you this.

Slots & Electronic Terminals

In this casino there are 20 slot machines, 12 on the ground floor and 8 on the first. On the ground floor there are four IGT multi-game slot machines linked to the Fort Knox progressive where you can win one of four linked jackpots of up to £20,000. Not bad if you can get it eh?

Games on the Fort Knox Progressive machines include:

Cleopatra; Enchanted Unicorn; Fire Horse; Lady of the Lake; LobsterMania; Mayan Riches; Mystical Mermaid; Mystical Princess; Pixies of the Forest; Secret Lagoon; Sirens; The Mighty Atlas; West Journey Treasure Hunt; Wild Wolf

You can also find two other stand alone IGT mulit-game slot machines on the ground floor, as well as two on the first floor, which feature some different games than those on Fort Knox.

These include:

Black Widow; Candy Bars; Cats; Diamond Queen; Golden Goddess; Jaguar Princess; LobsterMania; Pharaoh’s Fortune; Shadow of the Panther; Siberian Storm; Wolf Run

There are also 8 Gaminator slot machines (4 ground floor, 6 first floor) as well as 2 Novoline machines on the ground floor. These machines have similar games between them, the main difference being the layout and format of the machines. Gaminator tend to look older and ‘clunky’ (when playing on of these in Reading, the button fell off) whilst the Novoline are newer, sleeker with much larger screens. This doesn’t make any difference to the overall game and let’s face it, if you do win, who cares what the the machine looks like!

Something else we have noticed is the percentage payout advertised on the machines actually vary depending on the location within the casino. The Gaminator machines on the ground floor advertise a 94% payment, whilst those on the first floor advertise a 92% payout!

This casino is also equipped with a number of electronic roulette terminals. On the ground floor these machines are accompanied by an automated electronic roulette wheel, whilst on the first floor, they are just the terminals. As usual, you can choose whether you play the automated electronic wheel, or some of the live roulette tables which is streamed live to your terminal.

Tables

There are 4 card tables offering three card poker and blackjack. The blackjack table can be played from £2 depending on the day of the week and time of the day.  We have been at weekend evenings before when the minimum has been £2 one week, and £5 the other. The 3 card poker is played from £5 and includes two side bets options. We played here for a while and the dealer was very helpful in showing us how to play.

There are 4 roulette tables starting at 50p and £1. As usual the number of open tables depend on how busy it is. There is a poker table which is announced over the loud speaker when open.

Finally, there are two poker tables open for play upon request. When we were at this casino, they were playing Texas Hold-em – we have not played on these tables.

These are all the tables provided at the Grovsenor Reading, a very small selection. When the evening does get busy, you can find you’ll be waiting to get a place.

Restaurants and Bars

As mentioned there is a small bar on the ground floor serving a small but adequate selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks. We have only ever seen one person serving here which again is adequate for the number of people usually seen here.

The main bar can be located on the first floor with a larger range of drinks and cocktails.

As with many casinos, soft drinks and hot drinks are free when ordered from a waiting staff at a table or a slot. What we do like about this casino is that they are also free when ordered from the bar. We have been to many casinos which charge for these if you go and order them from the bar. Good touch Grosvenor Reading!

We have eaten in the restaurant a few times. The food is always of a average to good standard for the money you pay. The menus used in the restaurant and the bar seem to be the same throughout the Grosvenor family as you would expect with a nationwide brand. We will update photos of the food from each visit to give you an idea of what the dishes look like and any variance in quality between locations.

The restaurant menu offers tasty food at a reasonable price, offering specials which are changed every few weeks. We haven’t yet sampled the bar menu (we’ll of course let you know when we do!). We have noticed the restaurant menu which is advertised online for the Grosvenor Reading (Central) website appears out of date and missing some of the dishes. Please see the menu for the Grosvenor G Casino in Reading which appears to be the updated one.

The staff have always been friendly here, but often seem over worked running between the bar and the restaurant. Our latest meal (at the time of this review) seemed to take a long time. There were about 8 other people in this restaurant, yet it still took about an hour from entering the restaurant to being served our main. (we did have starters but not an hours worth)!

Despite seeming busy all the time, all staff inside the casino are friendly. You may have to remind the bar staff the order of service, but having managed bars many years ago I know this is not of anyone’s fault or indeed on purpose.

Conclusion

Overall, a smaller casino with fewer tables than some but starting at a lower cost than some other casinos, the Grosvenor Reading can offer a friendly experience and is ideal for those wanting to bet lower wagers on roulette and card games.

The slots are pretty much what you would find in any 20 slot max casino, however personally I think they feel harder to win on, particularly triggering Fort Knox – although I’m sure the odds are pretty similar than anywhere else.

Over the past year and a half since our first visit, this casino has improved with its overall decor.  Upon our first visit it looked very tired, stained, wallpaper falling off the walls, but now it seems like it has had a freshen up and a new lease of life.