The Rainbow

4.1
461 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.

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-9pm serving ONLY from our Garden Kitchen, Pizzas, Burgers & Salads.

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
What 461 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
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food
4.1
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlisonR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & friendly service , good atmosphere,

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Jaygan
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub, nice food. Will return, as will my people I reckon.

DC
DonnaC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night out good food and drink everyone had a brilliant time

PH
PeterH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

A lovely venue both inside & out. Somewhat limited menu I feel with prices on the high side.

MJ
MartinJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Been before and will go again. Thankyou...........

JB
JayB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rainbow superfood salad was delicious and would recommend.

CW
CarmenW
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my first time visiting & i loved it - food was great & service was quick & friendly - the outside area is lovely especially in the sun - would definitely return again.

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KarenE
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

So many staff walking about to get table service from. Fantastic and very friendly

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SarahW
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere , friendly service , garden seating area is lovely

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AlisonR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, friendly helpful caring staff, will definitely be back again, we had a great time

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Steph
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely indoor atmosphere. Yummy food and good, polite service.

KB
KathB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and a really good atmosphere. Would recommend it.

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Robbie
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A decent local restaurant with a pleasant outside seating area. Some of the seats are simply benches so be aware of this if you prefer a proper chair and ask for this on arrival.

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BellasMummys
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a t bone steak surf and turf for 2 off of the al acarte menu and really enjoyed it. We will definitely be returning here for food 😊 the staff were all ver lovely & friendly, very good service. Overall fantastic!!

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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PaulA
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall the experience was very positive: very pleasant ambience, interesting and satisfying menu, attentive service.
One point of constructive criticism though: one of our group needs a wheelchair. The ramped access to the pub and garden is fine but, once in the garden it gets tricky. There are one or two steps which prevent access to large parts of the garden. Also the areas of gravel cannot be negotiated by a wheelchair. In combination, these obstacles prevented access to most parts of the garden for our group.
The problem could be addressed with very little change - dealing with the low steps and replacing small areas of the gravel with paving to provide assessible access routes around the garden.
I hope you find these comments helpful.

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KrzysztofT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic outdoor area with a small playground.
Very clean and cosy pub/restaurant with a lot of character

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. we worked really hard on making sure our outdoor area was perfect for the whole family. hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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SuzanneH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and nice to have a choice of vegan options. Staff were very helpful and polite too. Thanks for an enjoyable meal.

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. We are glad you enjoyed you visit. hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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Penny
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First trip back since it changed hands. Safe to say I was very impressed! Delish gin and great atmosphere

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. we are glad you enjoyed our selection of amazing gins we love them to :) hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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kellyw
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great evening at a great pub . Service was brilliant and a great atmosphere too . Food was really good too though the bread that was with the olives we ordered was a tad dry the other main dishes more than made up for it . Will definitely be going again

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ClaireA
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, surroundings and atmosphere, highly recommend!! Service was also very good.

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. we try really hard to make sure our pub has a great atmosphere and all the staff try their hardest to make sure guest have a great visit. hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good and varied menus, very attentive and pleasant staff with particularly good outdoor seating.

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NicW
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, wine and service. It was a Tuesday evening so not surprising it was a little quiet but the staff were great and let us move inside when it became cooler, impeccable service!

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, Thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. we are so glad you had a good time and the staff where attentive we pride our selves on great customers service and reviews help us to constantly improve and keep a high standard thank you. hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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KarenB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We previously visited on a Saturday for a drink only and the food looked amazing and the outside area was very busy and so we booked for the following Sunday for lunch with friends. The staff were all friendly and helpful, the place was spotless. The disappointment was the roast beef. The beef looked as though it had been kept warm and was very dry. 3 of us had the same meal and it was the same for all of us. I will go back but not on a Sunday

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Scientist
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

It was an 9k pub. Staff was new so could not advise on akes. There was no TV to watch sports.

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BarryW
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great setting, lovely food and good service. Only slight thing was our table was right next to the kitchen however this did not distract from a nice evening.

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CathieS
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Lovely place and excellent staff. Quiet expensive and a bit chilly due to weather and open doors for covid ventilation so take a jacket. My party had nice food, but for me personally, I was very disappointed with my starter and main which both sounded fabulous. I had the burrata starter and portobello mushroom Kiev for main. Both were so bland they were virtually tasteless. A Kiev should have you smelling of garlic for a week, but couldn't taste is at all!

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, Thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. we are so sorry you where disappointed with your food, I will be sure to pass on all these comments to our chefs to rectify this issue. We hope it will not discourage you from visiting us again. We appreciate all feedback as it helps us constantly improve. Hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food, nice waiters good atmosphere

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, thank you so much for your feedback and visiting our pub. we are glad you enjoyed your visit hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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SamF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from really friendly staff. Great atmosphere too!

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, Thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. We pride ourselves on great service and reviews like this let us know we are on the right track thank you, hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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Julie
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to try out and not miss, lovely food and very pleasant staff ever tentative to your needs would go back again definitely. They made the experience very enjoyable.

JB
JamesB
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Well organised from checking in, led to our booked table. Ample staff and the place was very busy. Food was very enjoyable, would go back.

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Sunlovers
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Efficient friendly service. Easy to book a table on line. Choice of tables in the shade or sunshine. We all had sandwiches- I would have liked the choice of granary bread but the tiger bread was fine.

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griffkitts
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Was shown to our table at booked time. Party of 6 for birthday celebration. We were seated in a sheltered booth with a heater, which we were glad of as rain was forcast.
Took a while for our drinks order to be taken and to be given menus.
We noticed staff standing around just talking to each other in groups several times.
We ordered food from both menus.
Enjoyed our mains.
Dessert menu had limited choice no chocolate ones on it.

The food was good and didnt take long. Choice of desserts was limited. No chocolate ones on it.

The Rainbow
Responded on 17 July 2021

Hello, Thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. So sorry that you where not happy with your visit, your feedback will help us improve service and Hopefully we will see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow

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NikkiW
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed my meal- service very good initially then became slower as became busier.

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Annie
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious lunch, granddaughter enjoyed the climbing frame/slide, service was excellent thanks to Maurilio

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LeighW
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good food although didn’t prepare enough as a lot of options had run out by 2pm Sunday.

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TanyaL
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch. But tablets so close together.
We sat inside for food and one side of us everyone bumped into us walking in and out. Other side the chairs touched people behind.
Meal & Service was great. Think expensive for what you got for adults meal. Kids meals great value for roast.

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AnnaS
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booking was very easy. Good choice of indoor and outdoor eating. Great menu. Food quality and presentation excellent. Staff very friendly and attentive. All in all a fab dining experience!

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Charlie
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It’s turned into a more expensive weatherspoons. Very roudy and extremely pushy waiting staff.

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LisaG
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Friendly helpful staff. Made my friends baby shower lovely. Thanks x

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Skeenlord
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

The door to the garden was very noisy every time it banged shut. As this was on average every ten seconds it did become rather annoying until the background noise as the restaurant filled up helped to drown it out. It was also mentioned by the people on the table behind us.

FAQs

The Rainbow is rated 4.1 stars by 461 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.