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.
Multiple dates availablePlease only select this option if you are DRINKING ONLY, if you are interested in DINING please select our standard option below.
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
Very welcoming friendly staff. Fantastic customer service. Good menu choices, food was amazing.
Will be returning soon. Highly recommend
The staff are always so wonderful, you should be very proud of the team you have got together. Table service for such a big area must be very difficult but it’s never hard to catch their attention and they are always so friendly.
We had a lovely Sunday lunch. Thee we good was very good. The staff were friendly and really helpful, nothing seemed too much trouble. We were a group of six ladies and they moved tables around for us so that we cound sit together. I would recommend this pub.
We really like the rainbow - lovely food, good portions and a great out door set up?
Super atmosphere. We sat outside and it was lovely. The service was impeccable and everyone was so attentive.
Great food and good drinks selection
Friendly welcome and regular attention when needed
Food very good and plenty of it.
Staff worked well together
Absolutely appalling service! Ordered drinks, that took 15 minutes to arrive, then asked for a different glass, but never got it... ended up getting it myself!!
We went for our wedding anniversary, food and service was excellent, we had a lovely evening
Service staff where great. Manageress was not very helpful. Tipped a drink over the table and my wife's phone which was not good. Food came, steak was not as ordered and over cooked but didn't send back as we were out for a family meal and wanted to eat together. Peppercorn sauce was just oil and sugar with no flavour. Advised all at payment and advised could have a free coffee or half price dessert, not really helpful. Then took 15% off bill. Great setting and menu, poor management and treatment of what would have been a great t bone steak.
We had a delicious meal in the outside area. Our meals were tasty and the portions large. The menu had a great selection, including vegetarian and vegan options. It was lovely to just sit and relax outside.
Our server, Maurilio, was attentive and friendly. After our meal, he spent time with us telling us of upcoming events that the Rainbow is considering.
Really welcoming and friendly staff. I had the chicken supreme which was extremely tasty and my friend had one of the platters which also went down well. Lovely decor, beautiful pub. Will be back, thank you.
Wonderful food with loads of delicious vegan options! The risotto was amazing and the burgers were really enjoyed by my two carnivorous sons! The pub looks great & had a lovely ambiance. Service was friendly and prob only a little slow due to the Bank Hol
Very attentive staff, great choice of drinks and gin, yummy roast and lots of other choices available! Good vegan options too!
Very good service and food in lovely weather eating in the garden area
Great food and service. Will definitely go back.
Lovely food and atmosphere . Best burger we have had in a long time. Great outdoor area.
Good food service could be more attentive and thought about when to serve courses
Run by youngsters with no real knowledge of the menu or the wines. Food is expensive for what it is. The setting is nice especially the outside dining areas.
food was good,
got the worst table in the place no 8.
why they leave no room for staff to pass behind my husband and so noisy as they all get drinks to serve from there
shame as our first visit was ruined
Lovely place, great service! Lovely food
Was recommended the vegan burger and it was delicious
Great value for money
Will defo be going back
Vegan pizza was delicious and prompt and the pitchers (the raspberry gin, mojito and Pimms) were all lovely - the Pimms was especially good!!! Great ambience, very friendly and helpful staff who kindly turned on the heaters when the sun dropped - will return again very soon!
Thanks The Rainbow Team!
Food delicious, service very friendly and helpful just took awhile to receive our first drinks , ordered quickly but the wine didn’t arrive for about 20 mins.
Very good and much improved from the old version of this pub, I will be back again.
Great food and quick service.
Great venue and lovely menu! Would definitely recommend.
Unwelcoming atmosphere, not even a smile from the staff. We were made to pay for our drinks at the point of ordering at our table as if we weren’t trusted not to leave without paying (I’d already given my card details when booking). One meal arrived long before the other so my son had finished eating before I even started my meal. The food was nice enough but I ordered mushroom Kiev’s which were basically 3 small mushrooms with some breadcrumbs on top, they’d have made a nice starter. Thankfully, the pub is right next to Waitrose where we went for dessert!
Lovely lunch and really appreciated accommodating us inside with the poor weather. Attention to detail throughout.
The food is amazing, would recommend trying.
The pork medallion and rib eye steak are gorgeous. The veg is really delicious . The deserts are amazing
Loved the food and the service, also the fact that the venue’s got lots of outdoor seating
Great service, quality pint amd excellent atmosphere
Great experience. We were quite surprised at the service and quality. No need to go to out of town restaurants any more. Only criticism is there not being a facility to tip the incredibly attentive and clearly well trained staff
Booked table for a la Carte menu advertised online as all day. Arrived at 4pm to be advised full menu only from 5pm. Bar staff attentive however we were advised that we needed to move from our table to outside in the rain as booked for someone else. We were eventually advised that we could stay at our table where as a 4 we spent over £200. This somewhat took the edge off our experience. Food was nice. Wouldn’t book again due to being made to feel uncomfortable.
Wide-ranging menu to suit different tastes. Portobello Mushroom Kiev was delicious. Excellent service, as always.
Great time at the rainbow staff were friendly and food was lovely will definitely return and it will now be my mew local.
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...........
The Rainbow is rated 4.2 stars by 496 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.