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Country Pub & Dining. Dog Friendly venue in the South Downs National Park in East Sussex 5 minutes outside Lewes. Offering a wide range of dishes including a locally sourced Carvery all day on Sundays (12pm-5pm). Serving Bar Snacks from 12-8.30pm. Additional Specialist Homemade Burger & House Smoked Menu. See to see our range of menus. Please note the Venue has been under new ownership since August 3rd 2022, and is no longer part of the Revived Inns Pub Group. OPENING HOURS Wednesday - Sunday: from 12.00pm FOOD SERVED Tue: 6.00 - 8.30pm Wed - Fri: 12.00 - 2:30pm & 6.00 to 8.30pm Sat: 12.00pm - 3.00pm & 6.00pm - 8:30pm Sun: 12.00 - 5.00pm
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
British, Street Food
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Playgrounds
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Reviewed yesterday

Superb burger and house fries to take out. The second time we have had this and both times the food was exceptional. The customer service is as equally good. This place is the real deal.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Friendly welcome, lovely kept Harvey’s, great Menu, delicious food, friendly service. Clean tidy facilities, all in all a delight that we will revisit

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for the perfect roast dinner, then look no further than this pub. The food is very well cooked, and the carrots and parsnips are second to none. Great value for money. I cannot fault the service and will definitely be back...again.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Peter - look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this pub on Brit Stops App for overnight stay in campervan. Clare and Phil incredibly welcoming and made us feel at home. All their staff were friendly and professional and despite it being a busy evening provided excellent service. Food was amazing and beer...very tasty! They couldn’t do enough for us and we will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So lovely to meet you both, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Hope the drive back was better than the drive up!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for lunch with my daughter , friendly staff , food was fantastic , the garden is tip top and inside was very clean and a lovely atmosphere , can not fault it.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked sunday lunch really enjoyed the carvery ,great value for money and plenty of it quality produce, service was great , really liked the idea unlike other carverys you place your order and then they call you up when its ready to be carved and...then help your self , well done the Rainbow team we will be back ! aka your ex babysitterMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

HAHA!! Thanks John, lovely to see you after all these years! See you soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The new menu is amazing. Brilliant food and such an interesting choice of dishes. We love it. Always a friendly welcome and great service. Highly recommend this pub if you’re in the area. You definitely won’t be disappointed. 😊

Date of visit: May 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Sue! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 13 May 2024 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere, great food and friendly staff- really enjoyed our family Sunday lunch here! We had a range of options off the menu and all meals were great.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Helen, you will have to pop back during the week and try our other menu. See you soon!

Reviewed 12 May 2024

A spontaneous walk led us to the rainbow , we hadn’t been here since the newest owners have so we were excited to see what was on offer. When we popped in we only did for a drink , but as soon as a saw...the menu I fancied some food. Myself , my partner and our little girl enjoyed time in the garden with the play area and then moved in to the snug of the bar we ordered a few picky bits some burger sliders, whitebait and some kind prawns and my little girl had sausage and mash, and WOW is all we can say the food was delicious, great value and even the kids meal was good quality. The staff were fantastic hosts really accommodating and friendly.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, see you again soon we hope!

Reviewed 5 May 2024

Visited the Rainbow inn a couple times now and both times have been a pleasant experience. The staff are so friendly and welcoming, the carvery/food was sooo tasty. Clean environment. Will recomend to anyone thinking of coming. Also dog friendly which is perfect. Our puppy...sausage even got some turkey today! Can’t recommend enough!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2024

Lovely to see you again and that gorgeous puppy! Thank you for your comments, see you again soon!

Reviewed 5 May 2024 via mobile

We booked a table here for Sunday lunch which was right as the restaurant was full. We both had starters, crispy beef strips and tempura vegetables. Both delicious. We opted for the carvery with choices of two out of three turkey, gammon and beef. The...vegetables were varied and well cooked particularly the cauliflower cheese (some can be watery) this was very cheesy. The staff were all very friendly and chatty. All in all a very nice relaxed lunch.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2024

Thank you for your review, so pleased you enjoyed it, look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 5 May 2024

Having read the reviews, I couldn’t wait to try out the cuisine. In all honesty, I wish I hadn’t bothered. The pub was not busy but it took 17 minutes for a lady to take the order and a further three quarters of an hours...to receive the starters. Two portions of chicken wings, both still slightly pink in the middle, Garlic prawns which was overpowered with oil and chilli, couldn’t taste the garlic and garlic bread which ended up being buttered chibatta. We paid the bill and left, disappointed and went to the Jolly sportsman for our mains and dessert.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2024

Hi Mike We are sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us and can only apologise. We were short staffed that day which didn't help. With regard to the pink chicken, our waitress was trying to explain that they are in brine and are slightly...More

Reviewed 15 April 2024 via mobile

We visited yesterday with friends and family (7 of us) after a recommendation from friends. I have to say from the moment we walked in we were welcomed, taken to our table, informed of how it works with the carvery. The waitresses were all lovely,...helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The food was incredible, proper home cooked fresh, lots of choice of veggies, meat was spot on as were the puddings. It was that good that we’ve booked to go again next Sunday. Very reasonable price wise, well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2024

That's great Rhys, thank you, we are so chuffed you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Reviewed 7 April 2024

Amazing food, lovely atmosphere and great value for money. Staff were wonderful too, would definitely recommend to a friend, and will certainly be back many times!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

Thank you! We hope you had a lovey birthday.

Reviewed 7 April 2024

Had a wonderful meal. Mussels in white wine, flat iron cheese burgers, their special buffalo chicken bites. Fantastic service staff so attentive and professional. Definitely recommend great value.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Clare Randell, Owner at The Rainbow Pub & Dining, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the mussels, a new addition to the menu.

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