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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Multiple dates availableSunday evenings 6pm-9pm serving ONLY from our Garden Kitchen, Pizzas, Burgers & Salads.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Chorizo & Pea Risotto
Beef Burger & Chips
10oz Rib Eye Steak
Chimichurri Marinade, Mushrooms, Roasted Tomato, Hand Cut Chips
Great food & friendly service , good atmosphere,
Great pub, nice food. Will return, as will my people I reckon.
Fantastic night out good food and drink everyone had a brilliant time
A lovely venue both inside & out. Somewhat limited menu I feel with prices on the high side.
Been before and will go again. Thankyou...........
Rainbow superfood salad was delicious and would recommend.
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.
So many staff walking about to get table service from. Fantastic and very friendly
Lovely atmosphere , friendly service , garden seating area is lovely
Lovely food, friendly helpful caring staff, will definitely be back again, we had a great time
Lovely indoor atmosphere. Yummy food and good, polite service.
Lovely food and a really good atmosphere. Would recommend it.
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.
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!!
Hello, thank you so much for your comments and visiting our pub. hopefully see you again soon. Kind Regards Team Rainbow
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.
Delicious food, fantastic outdoor area with a small playground.
Very clean and cosy pub/restaurant with a lot of character
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
Really good food and nice to have a choice of vegan options. Staff were very helpful and polite too. Thanks for an enjoyable meal.
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
First trip back since it changed hands. Safe to say I was very impressed! Delish gin and great atmosphere
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
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
Great food, surroundings and atmosphere, highly recommend!! Service was also very good.
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
Good and varied menus, very attentive and pleasant staff with particularly good outdoor seating.
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!
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
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
It was an 9k pub. Staff was new so could not advise on akes. There was no TV to watch sports.
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.
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!
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
Lovely food, nice waiters good atmosphere
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
Excellent service from really friendly staff. Great atmosphere too!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Really enjoyed my meal- service very good initially then became slower as became busier.
Delicious lunch, granddaughter enjoyed the climbing frame/slide, service was excellent thanks to Maurilio
Good food although didn’t prepare enough as a lot of options had run out by 2pm Sunday.
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.
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!
It’s turned into a more expensive weatherspoons. Very roudy and extremely pushy waiting staff.
Great food, great service. Friendly helpful staff. Made my friends baby shower lovely. Thanks x
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.
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.