The Rainbow

4.2
506 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.
  • Bolney Evening ~ 18th November ~ 7pm

    £75.00 per person

    Nov 18, 2021 only

    Bolney Wine Evening ~ 18th November ~ 7pm Bolney Wine Evening - August 19th - 7pm Bolney Wine and Dine at The Rainbow Join Bolney Wine Estate and The Rainbow for an evening of fine wining and dining. Enjoy a six course tasting menu perfectly paired with Bolney's award winning English wines. You'll be hosted by Bolney's winemakers, who will guide you through the wines and their perfect pairings. Spaces are limited - to book please call 01323 731158 or email team@therainboweastbourne.co.uk Deposit required
  • Christmas Day Dinner ~ 1pm ~ £80ph

    £80.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Christmas Day at The Rainbow Enjoy a delightful meal here at The Rainbow with your nearest and dearest. Allow us to make your Christmas a relaxing and indulgent one! Six courses, bubbles to start .... We have something for everyone. Priced at £80 per head, limited spaces in our beautiful cosy restaurant so be sure to get in touch to avoid disappointment. Our menus are available in the restaurant, on our Facebook or via email. 01323 737758 team@therainboweastbourne.co.uk We can't wait to make this Christmas a magical one
  • Sunday Evenings

    Multiple dates available

    Sunday evenings 6pm-8pm, When the Roasts run low, ask about our Pub Classics Menu.

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 506 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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Sallybel
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub. Staff are really friendly. Nice atmosphere inside and out. Outdoor heaters make it perfect for autumn evening drinks.

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BABKA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a fantastic time at this pub, our waiter was brilliant in all aspects, service was fast, friendly, informative.
Food was fantastic ! On the smaller portions side for what you pay though.
Will definitely be back for special occasion (as as a regular pub it is pricey.

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Silver
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Rainbow to friends. The meal was excellent, and the children's play area is a positive feature, especially as we had two under-sixes who might otherwise have impacted on our dining experience!

I think the Rainbow may have been a bit low on serving staff, as service was a bit slow at times, but staff were friendly and helpful. Two of our party of six were vegans, and they were very impressed by the choice and quality of the vegan meals.

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BeverleyW
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday roast, very good value. Lovely staff who really looked after us.

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Geeitsmac
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Waiter was friendly and attentive! Five star service! Well done!

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DebC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not our first visit and won’t be our last…….
Lovely place and quality food 😀

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PaulaR
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for sunday lunch and was pleasantly surprised. What a little gem of a place, great food, great service and a lovely atmosphere. Maybe some would consider it a little pricey but the quality was fabulous, so in this case you definitely got what you paid for. 100% will return.

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the roast dinners which were well cooked and nice fresh veg.
We sat inside but they had a particularly impressive outside area.
My wife has mobility issues and used the new disabled toilet which was very good. Parking is limited but it may be you can park in local roads or Waitrose car park possibly.

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HelenS
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were welcomed by Tamer who showed us to our table he was very helpful and had a fabulous personality. It was a special party to celebrate the end of the Vaccine Centre and he and the other staff coped very well with our chaos ! He certainly added to the fun. The food came quickly and was delicious. The drinks were served quickly too. I would recommend The 🌈. Thank you to Tamer and the chef .

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koos
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was lovely- wine plonked on table, bottle not open etc- just a small detail but when you’re dining it’s nice to be served.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
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 on 12 September 2021
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.

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ElaineP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
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.

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CatherineD
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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JenniferH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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KathrynM
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
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

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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!!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

FAQs

The Rainbow is rated 4.2 stars by 506 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.