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The Rainbow

4.3
4.3
549 Reviews
£25 and under
British

Welcome to the Rainbow!

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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Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01323 731158

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Eastbourne

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, 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.
  • Sunday Evenings

    Multiple dates available
    Sunday evenings 6pm-8pm, When the Roasts run low, ask about our Pub Classics Menu.
  • Mothering Sunday ~ 27th March 2022

    27 Mar 2022 only
    Treat Mum to the best roast in Eastbourne! We will be offering THREE sittings this Mothering Sunday, book now to avoid disappointment. There will be something for everyone and no washing up!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

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What 549 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Sussex

    Best Overall

  • East Sussex

    Best Service

  • East Sussex

    Best Ambience

  • East Sussex

    Healthy

  • East Sussex

    Lunch

  • East Sussex

    Outdoor Eating

  • East Sussex

    Sunday Lunch

  • East Sussex

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • East Sussex

    Most Booked

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  1. L

    Laura

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Nice pub good food would recommend to anyone in the local area.

  2. A

    Allan

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent afternoon with a friend- lovely people working - friendly and helpful- would definitely go again soon - and will definitely recommend to friends- would like to consider their private function rooms later in the year

  3. RN

    RickyN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2

    My friend and I both had the Nut roast..... slightly disappointed, the nut roast was just like a slice of stuffing and even more upsetting the roast potatoes looked and tasted like they had been cooked from frozen...very friendly staff though.

  4. SB

    StephB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Unfortunately no vegan starter option available and no alternative suggestions offered although i did ask if you had any olives without any cheese etc and i was supplied with a lovely bowl of delicious olives with artichokes and peppers. I though the vegan falafel burger was a little poor if i am being honest - very dry, the bun especially - I would really recommend that you look into finding some better buns :-) thankfully you were able to provide some vegan mayo as without this i dont think i would have been able to eat it. The chips were amazing though!

  5. DR

    DebbyR

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Amazing roast dinner, but having to pay extra for a Yorkshire pudding is a bit cheeky! Dessert (sticky toffee pudding) was a let down as it was dry and only one very small ball of ice cream with it, quite pricey for £6.50!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great old pub. Good food and great service. Will be back again.

  7. IW

    IanW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    good local beer from Longman Brewery, lots of staff so service excellent, booked a table late, very good food, i had sea bass and partner xmas platter, would very much recommend

  8. MW

    MrsWillingdon

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Perfect as a meet up with friends. The food was tasty and the service relaxed but efficient. This was our second visit and while we had to leave our table after a few hours as it was New Years eve we enjoyed the time we spent there overall.

  9. RR

    RobinR

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff were fantastic and accommodated a young family with baby well. Menu was good with a good selection of local cuisine. Meat was cooked on a chargrill which added great flavour. Dessert was very nice. Looking forward to returning.

  10. OG

    OllieG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Fab food and great service. We visited on Boxing Day, and was not disappointed.

  11. KM

    KevinMck

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice friendly welcome. Immediate taken care of with drinks and our orders. Great food and great value.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great experience! There was confusion over the booking through the app - not Rainbow’s fault at all! - the staff sorted it out, bending over backwards to save Christmas for us and our two silly dogs. Great food, great service, lovely experience. We will be back and will be recommending to family and friends.

  13. LB

    LadyB

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great choice of food from starters to sweets at a reasonable price. Fabulous choice of wines and drinks. Excellent service throughout and a lovely atmosphere all round. Would highly recommend it. Also dogs welcomed. Can’t praise the staff enough.

  14. L

    Lilly

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Only problem was that people kept opening the door to go in and out of the garden, the cold draft was really annoying for people dining inside

  15. C

    Catherine

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent! The service was brilliant and the staff were friendly and welcoming. We were there with an active toddler and everyone was very lovely about her toddling about.

  16. f

    fionac

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    very friendly staff and a lovely ambience inside - now my regular go to.

  17. VB

    VanessaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely welcome and great vibe.. love how they look out for the vegans among us… decibels a good to destination xxx

  18. J

    John

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Nice atmosphere and good staff. However although 2 had a good meal the other 2 had the vegetable curry which was extremely poor; undercooked rice, a tiny portion of curry with no flavour, a tough chiabata and no other condiments such as chutney etc. Very disappointed as we had a very good meal in the summer but now the quality has gone down and the price has gone up.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing Sunday roast: Rainbow is a great place for every type of dining and going out. Great food, great service !

  20. C

    Caz1962

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place, it was a unknown gem as I come from London and do not know the area. It has a warm and cosy atmosphere and is split off into single sections, which are all very inviting. I sat by the log fire and it felt like Christmas. The food was super tasty, I couldn't fault it in any way.

  21. DO

    DebbieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    1st time dining for 91st birthday ...really very nice everyone loved their food from 1 year old to 92 ......one tiny criticism table with elderly parents sat by 2 doors that were frequently being opened so a bit draughty in winter...other than that lovely ...would def go again !

  22. C

    Charlotte

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious local fresh food with a lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Will be going again

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Extremely happy with venue and awesome service!!

  24. KB

    KathB

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I’ve eaten here several times before and been very happy with the experience. Unfortunately Sunday wasn’t brilliant. Our table was changed for some reason so we were not in the main part of the restaurant. It was so cold we had to insist on being moved. Staff were very obliging and pleasant. Our food was ok but not hot - we didn’t complain as we had already complained about the table. Such a shame as it could have been a great occasion. Ambiance in the main restaurant was brilliant. Will definitely give it the benefit of the doubt and try it again in the future.

  25. N

    Nikkij

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    First table we sat at was dark. Moved to another table that was cold. Very random menu. Separate gluten free with different options. Slow service only got offered one more drink

  26. k

    katiechitchat

    Kent

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    First time we’ve been there in the evening. You can’t fault the atmosphere or the friendly staff at all. However, it really was rammed; there’s no room inside for social distancing which is a shame. Yes, plenty of space outside but it was a bit too chilly for us and we appreciate that heaters in these days of climate change are frowned upon. The pub owner is in a difficult situation. Our waitress made one mistake on our order and was incredibly apologetic, but it meant one of our number had to wait a bit longer while the rest of us ate. The kitchen was clearly at full pelt but the standard of food remains good and they offer excellent wines. If it weren’t for the shadow of Covid it would be faultless if you like a buzzy pub atmosphere. That said, it’s doing something right so I doubt that will deter people from returning.

  27. VM

    VickyM

    East Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Would definitely recommend

  28. A

    Andrew

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good straight forward forward and served in good portions. The staff were attentive and the service was quick. Looking forward to going back again, particularly in the warmer weather because the outside space looked great.

  29. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quality food, quality setting, the best Staff in the area. A must for a good night out

  30. k

    katiechitchat

    Kent

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb meal by the fire. Couldn’t fault anything.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed our meal, the vegetables are fire but fine for me but not my sister

  32. KK

    KevinK

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always an excellent vegetarian Sunday roast lunch

  33. BD

    BobbyDip

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Five family senior citizens dining. Between us we selected two rare sirloin, one m/rare ribeye, and one minute steak together with a mushroom kievs. All meals were excellent. Unfortunately, they had run out of a veal with bubble & squeak. Although the venue was fully booked, the service was excellent and attentive which overall, added to the pleasant ambiance. We'll definitely be placing the Rainbow on our list of favourite venues.

  34. k

    katiechitchat

    Kent

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our party has to follow a strict diet until after Christmas. She couldn’t believe how accommodating the chef and server were ensuring she was happy with her choice from the menu. We both ordered the same dish but hers had some ingredients taken out, both dishes were superb as were the others in our party. It was a quiet lunchtime service but the atmosphere picked up as others arrived for the evening. Can’t fault the place. Staff are so pleasant.

  35. JH

    JamesH

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Would defiantly go again lots of meat with roast and cooked perfectly

  36. LP

    LPK1

    London

    96 reviews

    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Went to The Rainbow on a day trip out in Eastbourne with a friend. This is a lovely pub and the food was outstanding along with the service. We opted for a late lunch so it was fairly quiet when we were there, which suited us fine. I really enjoyed the visit and would definitely go back again, but would have liked it to have been a bit warmer in the restaurant.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really friendly service , lovely log fire and welcoming atmosphere . Menu had something for everyone in our party. Good portions and quality food. Definitely go back again.

  38. SM

    SusanM

    East Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was great, lovely staff and great food. My only comment really is that there were no salads on the menu but it is October so perhaps not in season. But I really enjoyed it and so did my husband x we will be back ❤️ I had sea bass and risotto, my husband had scampi and very delicious chips. Also good selection of beers x

  39. AR

    AlisonR

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely pub & atmosphere, staff very friendly & helpful 😀

  40. T

    Twinsome

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Firstly we have to say how fabulous the waitress was. She is a credit to the Restaurant. Friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. The food was great pub food, good portion sizes, tasty and served in good time. The restaurant was full and had a nice atmosphere.

FAQs

The Rainbow is rated 4.3 stars by 549 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Rainbow

Star Road Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 1NB

  • Area

    Eastbourne

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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