The Rainbow

4.2
496 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 496 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.3
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3.8
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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming friendly staff. Fantastic customer service. Good menu choices, food was amazing.
Will be returning soon. Highly recommend

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Sarah
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

EP
ElaineP
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

CD
CatherineD
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We really like the rainbow - lovely food, good portions and a great out door set up?

JH
JenniferH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super atmosphere. We sat outside and it was lovely. The service was impeccable and everyone was so attentive.

KM
KathrynM
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and good drinks selection

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Seagull
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcome and regular attention when needed
Food very good and plenty of it.
Staff worked well together

DD
DissappointedDeirdree
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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!!

SR
StuartR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our wedding anniversary, food and service was excellent, we had a lovely evening

TB
TristanB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

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.

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SandyH
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SR
SandraR
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Marie
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very attentive staff, great choice of drinks and gin, yummy roast and lots of other choices available! Good vegan options too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food in lovely weather eating in the garden area

JR
JayR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely go back.

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cath
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and atmosphere . Best burger we have had in a long time. Great outdoor area.

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Gavsea
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Good food service could be more attentive and thought about when to serve courses

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leej
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

JG
JohnG
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great service! Lovely food
Was recommended the vegan burger and it was delicious
Great value for money
Will defo be going back

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Charlotte
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

KH
KarenH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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Dean
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good and much improved from the old version of this pub, I will be back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and quick service.

CB
CarlyB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great venue and lovely menu! Would definitely recommend.

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Emfw
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

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!

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Smiley
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch and really appreciated accommodating us inside with the poor weather. Attention to detail throughout.

DA
DeborahA
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

MC
MihaiCo
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the service, also the fact that the venue’s got lots of outdoor seating

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, quality pint amd excellent atmosphere

NT
NolanT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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Beverley
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

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.

TP
T60P
East Sussex
8 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wide-ranging menu to suit different tastes. Portobello Mushroom Kiev was delicious. Excellent service, as always.

LK
LindaK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time at the rainbow staff were friendly and food was lovely will definitely return and it will now be my mew local.

AR
AlisonR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & friendly service , good atmosphere,

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Jaygan
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
DonnaC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PH
PeterH
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

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

MJ
MartinJ
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

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.