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The Rainbow, Eastbourne, East Sussex

The Rainbow

4.4
4.4
612 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

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–00:00

  • Phone number

    01323 731158

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Eastbourne

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

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  • 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.

What 612 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Sussex

    Child Friendly

  • East Sussex

    Healthy

  • East Sussex

    Lunch

  • East Sussex

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • East Sussex

    Outdoor Eating

  • East Sussex

    Sunday Lunch

  • East Sussex

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • East Sussex

    British

  • East Sussex

    Most Booked

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  1. JB

    JanetB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Had the starter, fishcakes (main was same size as the starter) for our main. They were sloppy, looked like wet unset beefburgers and were tasteless ie questionable whether there was actually any fish in them. When we were asked how our food was, we said they were awful and the waiter said he would knock something off the bill. When we looked at the bill, he had charged us for the starters so hadn't actually taken anything off the bill. Very disappointed. We've been many times before but will be reluctant to return after this.
  2. FS

    FoodieSam

    Kent

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time at the Rainbow and won’t be the last. Lovely pub and friendly staff. Good mix of choices on the menu. We only wanted a quick lunch and decided to have two starters Asparagus with poached egg and feta with hollandaise and the beef short rib and my husband had a main course of kedgeree. All the food was well presented and tasty. We look forward to our next visit.
  3. HS

    HillaryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to eat, drink and relax with great food and wonderful friendly staff.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is my favourite place to go with friends, however tonight I took all my team members for drinks and dinner. Really happy staff, great food and the outside area is the best
  5. R

    Richard

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great place to meet friends. Good outdoor seating and delicious food. Thank you.
  6. C

    Cathy

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely gastro pub with good food selections and great atmosphere. Good outdoor space. Ideal for a relaxed evening with family or friends.
  7. VB

    VanessaB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Loved the service, waiter was attentive humorous and really helpful.. sad but to see the vegan beyond meat burger and fat chips absent.. please please bring back! The vegan options are what made this such a go to destination for us all!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Nice place shame website menu was different to what was in the restaurant so we didn't eat so can't comment on the food
  9. BA

    BeverleyA

    East Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    The main reason for my poor review was the food my partner found 2 long hairs in his beef roast and also there was a strange taste, not enjoyable! We mentioned to both servers about hair in food and that they should wear their hair tied back both had long hair !! Not good they didn’t do anything, should have tied back!!
  10. DW

    DavidW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service was great, member of staff accomadated our needs perfectly
  11. RC

    RichardC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had a brilliant time at The Rainbow. We rarely go out, so when we do we always hope that it is a great occasion. We had a mixture of roast dinner and food from the garden menu. The roast was good value, with half a chicken and plenty of potatoes and veg. It tasted delicious. My family had a mixture of burgers and pizzas. I also had some jackfruit wings on the side, delicious! Service was very prompt and friendly. I think the young people working here did a tremendous job and it was like visiting a pub again! So much talent has been lost from the hospitality sector that the basics of good chat, being helpful and knowing the menu and drinks are lacking elsewhere. Not at the rainbow. Top marks! Varied drinks including lots of gin and beer options. It gets criticised for being expensive but for me, I enjoyed a pint at £5.75 with table service. I thought it wasn't bad. Finally, lots of nice outside seating and a play area for the kids. I really rated The Rainbow and cannot wait to come back again to perhaps try the other menus.
  12. MM

    MrsMiggins

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful revamp of a tired pub. Great atmosphere, staff oober helpful and a great new menu. Even my mother in law enjoyed everything. What better praise.
  13. W

    Waz1098

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely meal in great pub with very attentive service
  14. BP

    BleuP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely venue. Outside space is amazing, be coming back again soon
  15. D

    Debbieveg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Rainbow. Lovely service, good food and drinks and a good atmosphere. Particularly enjoyed the pizza being cooked outside. The service from everyone was excellent and very friendly and attentive.
  16. MJ

    MrsJ

    East Sussex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are new customers to this beautiful pub, yet made to feel welcomed like we’ve been regulars.. a lovely clean pub with very friendly staff.. the food is gorgeous and great value!
  17. IW

    IanW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    My partner and I decided to go to the rainbow as we live around the corner and didnt fancy cooking. We booked a table beforehand and we had a choice of about two tables. We ordered drinks which arrived after a few minutes and then flagged a waiter to order food. My partner ordered pasta with prawns and I had chicken supreme with rice. The dishes arrived in reasonable time. I have to say that both dishes were tasty. However, my understanding of chicken supreme is chicken in a creamy sauce. What I was given was a piece of fried chicken with rice. I queried this with the waitress and she produced a small pan of gravy which I found far too salty. Will we go there again? Probably not.
  18. JP

    JimP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Not a huge selection on the menu and prices were fairly high for a pub (both food and drink). Overall very nice though and would recommend
  19. WB

    WellyB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Great selection of vegan food. Good portions and well presented. Unfortunately lacking much flavor. Tried to order a Campari and soda (simple drink to make in a pub) to be told I could only have Campari in a Negroni cocktail (??) which is not a summer lunchtime drink!!!
  20. LE

    LaurenE

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely lunch.
  21. L

    Lisa

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab roast dinner. Best pub roast I’ve had for a long time! Staff were so friendly and lovely!
  22. F

    Foodfan

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Our first visit to the Rainbow was a big disappointment. The food was poor, but as many others have said in reviews we also found the service was dreadful [ very slow ]. All the waiters & waitresses were youngsters and maybe had little waiting experience. Our table turned out to be next to the open kitchen door, and we noticed on many occasions food orders leaving to be delivered then being immediately brought back to the kitchen still with the waiter presumably because of confusion about which table had ordered it. In the time we were there it happened on more than 10 occasions.
  23. JD

    JanineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dine here alot, never let down Care is taken in each of experience
  24. FA

    FrancesA

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely garden area with plenty of shade options. Food was really delicious. The prices were London prices but the portions were huge. There was plenty of waiting staff who were attentive and friendly. Would definitely go again.
  25. K

    Kerry

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, really good service and a very pleasant atmosphere. Really good pub garden
  26. R

    Razihb

    Brighton

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is delicious - excellent Sunday roasts. Great and attentive service and a lovely convivial atmosphere.
  27. H

    Hils

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Really good ambiance. However my burger was too rare but the kind waiter got it sorted and didn’t have to pay
  28. LH

    LesleyH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Service very slow. Took half hour to get drinks served outside. Great ambience though which saved the day. Would think twice about returning.
  29. PM

    PhilipM

    Brighton

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Great venue. Good food presented well. Service lacks. Needs someone to welcome you and to show you to your table. This is all part of the service you should expect. Left standing waiting for ages to be seated with several staff just walking by.
  30. AR

    AlisonR

    Kent

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food & atmosphere, staff very friendly & helpful too
  31. l

    ladiesthatlunch

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Required a light lunch and ordered a Fish finger sandwich. Beautifully presented, with lovely fresh bread. Best one I would say in Eastbourne
  32. CC

    CharlotteC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time both me and my partner had been and we absolutely loved it, the food was incredible, staff where really nice and the atmosphere was really nice and calm. Would definitely recommend.
  33. KB

    KarenB

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great venue, fab food and ambiance . We have been before and would definitely go again
  34. AJ

    AJL1982

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent, service excellent and friendly. The staff couldn’t do enough for us. Adjacent tables were slightly too noisy for a small intimate venue, but they soon quietened down once their food arrived. Prices were higher than average but this was reflected in both the quantity and quality of the food.
  35. CC

    CharliC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely meal. We had a child, a newborn and two dogs with us. Staff were really welcoming even though we were a handful. The meals came out perfectly and within a good time even though the pub was really busy. Can't wait to come back!
  36. F

    Fcott

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Very good food- outstanding. Service not great, slow, had to ask for assistance for most things! No excuses as very quiet. But we will return . The roast was incredible!
  37. AG

    AlanG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The menu was quite limited. We did ask for the vegetables to be over cooked for my 90 year old mother. She could not bite through the carrots, as they wer barely cooked. Although the place was not that busy, we were sat at a cramped table by a door, and it was cold.
  38. FS

    FredS

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All 5 of our meals were very tasty which entailed a variety of 4 different dishes from the menu. The staff were very friendly and pleasant. Service was timely. Very nice environment inside but we choose to sit outside to make the best of the nice weather. We would definitely return to eat and recommend to friends. 👍
  39. AR

    AlisonR

    Kent

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub, good atmosphere, friendly Helpful staff,🙂
  40. r

    rick

    East Sussex

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Our table had been taken by some drinkers and we were then seated next to an open drafty door. We didn't like this seat so only option was to sit on an awkward table with sunken leather seats in another area. This made eating quite difficult. To top it off we were given the wrong meal and nobody came to ask how it was. Minor apologies were given once we made staff aware and they didn't really seem to care very much. Won't go back

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Rainbow is rated 4.4 stars by 612 OpenTable diners.

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Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Rainbow

Star Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 1NB

Additional information

  • Area

    Eastbourne

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–00:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

  • 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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