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The Rainbow, Eastbourne, East Sussex

The Rainbow

4.1
4.1
731 Reviews
£25 and under
British
In showing this building some love, local businesswoman Shoes Simes has said that she hopes to help make her pub more food-led and family-friendly. In doing so she hopes to turn this local building of historical importance into an establishment for local families and friends to enjoy together. It all started 13 years ago when she first saw the building and she knew straight away that this was the pub for her and finally her dreams have come true, with a full refurbishment, this pub is now ready to be revealed to Eastbourne in all its glory. Once functioning as an old Moot Court, eventually turning into a restaurant in the 1970s, before it boomed as a pub trading as The Rainbow. It eventually changed to The Counting House and saw a new lease of life as the garden grew to be a popular haunt of all in old town. Returning with a change of name to the older style of The Rainbow, and with it a focus on food again.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Gastro Pub, Beer Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 18:00–20:30 Fri 17:00–21:00 Sat 12:00–21:00 Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    01323 731158
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Matthew Veness
  • Area
    Eastbourne
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Public Transit
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  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • DRINKING ONLY

    Multiple dates available
    Please only select this option if you are DRINKING ONLY, if you are interested in DINING please select our standard option below.

What 731 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseEnergetic

731 Reviews
  1. SarahM

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Really disappointed. Food was not good. We ordered pizza, chips and salad to share between two of us. The chips came out... Then the salad 10 mins later... Then the pizza 30 mins later. And it's was like a cheap frozen pizza from a supermarket. We got it refunded because it was a joke!

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  2. PaulD

    West Sussex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great pub! Was recommended this from our host and it was great. Good service, very good value food, one of the best sticky toffee puddings we’ve ever had - and we have a lot! I only gave it a 4 for the food because my chicken, which was lemon and herb, had little lemon taste and was slightly over done - just being fussy really. A lovely evening in a wonderful pub. Would thoroughly recommend.

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  3. NikJ

    East Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, nice staff but disappointed, having booked, to have been told on arrival sold out of Sunday lunch menu and we had to wait while they worked out a new menu. We stayed because it would be difficult to go somewhere else at such short notice. The alternative menu was OK but not the experience we booked and were looking forward too hence the rating

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  4. AnnaS

    East Sussex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good atmosphere, nice surroundings with log wood burner , attentive friendly staff & very tasty food ! Will definitely return , great location for pre theatre supper

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  5. RichardD

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried this pub for lunch on a first visit. We'll definitely be back again. Two welcoming (gas) 'real' log fires. Some v g Spanish wines on the list, Harvey's beers and a Bolney Estate white sparkling wine (didn't try them all 😅). Both starters and mains freshly prepared. Excellent 10oz sirloin steak for £24 with all usual trimmings. Battered haddock slightly overcooked but this may be personal. Very generous portions. Desserts, limited choice but both apple and rhubarb crumble and chocolate cheesecake were declared delicious. Good coffee to finish lunch by the fire. Service was very good - voluntary addition for service placed on the bill - approx £40/head for 3, including bottle of wine and 1 liqueur. Water with ice & lemon included.

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  6. Wenna

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place with very friendly and efficient service on a fairly quiet rainy Wednesday evening. Delicious food presented beautifully as part of a special Valentine's menu. Nice atmosphere with good music. It was my first time here and I willl be back to sample the regular menu soon.

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  7. RussellW

    Brighton

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Hard roast potatoes. Very bland. Not good service at all and wont be returning.

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  8. CherylT

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, quiet for a Saturday evening and a nice ambience.

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  9. Adefilo

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a good meal two of the party had burgers one meat one vegan both tasty and generous portions, three of us had the Guinea fowl which we all enjoyed and would recommend , service was good considering we were all a little indecisive there was a little issue with the wine but was settled.. would definitely go back for another meal and drinks

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Haddock fish snd chips were unique taste, very nice! Food came out quick, stuff friendly and attentive to detail.

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The Rainbow is rated 4.1 stars by 731 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Rainbow

Star Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 1NB

Additional information

  • Area
    Eastbourne
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 18:00–20:30 Fri 17:00–21:00 Sat 12:00–21:00 Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Gastro Pub, Beer Garden
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Public Transit
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Matthew Veness
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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