Simple, But Perfect In Every Way

Brighton Food Reviewer, Laura Stevens, March 2016

The Rainbow Inn is an attractive flint-walled pub twenty minutes’ drive from Brighton, just the other side of the beautiful historic market town of Lewes.

Rainbow Inn Exterior

Once through the front door you find yourself in a quirky little parquet floored, wood-panelled lounge, complete with an open inglenook fire, a comfy leather sofa and a couple of well-loved armchairs. Off to your left is the bar and beyond that, through a natty little archway, is the first of two good-sized, bright, airy dining rooms.

Rainbow Inn Sitting Area

Large windows flood the rooms with glorious sunlight and the second of the two rooms looks out across a small paved patio and into a spacious, hedge-lined beer garden. The rooms are furnished with gorgeous chunky wooden tables and chairs and the light coloured walls are covered in the vibrant artwork of local painter, James Lightfoot.

Traditional Pub Grub

The Rainbow Inn is all about traditional pub grub and that day we were there to try out their classic fish and chips. Knowing it was a dog-friendly pub we went along with our two daft mutts who had a whale of a time basking in all the fuss and attention.

Rainbow Inn Dining Area

Local Harveys Beer And European Wine

To drink I went with manager Alex’s recommendation and had a refreshing glass of Picpoul de Pinet, a crisp, aromatic white wine from the Languedoc region of France and Andrew went for a pint of Harveys from the iconic, award-winning, Lewes-based Harveys brewery.

Rainbow Inn Bread Rolls

Scrummy Start To The Meal

To begin with we were brought out a breadboard with two gorgeous-smelling, warm, fresh, crusty white rolls, which were beautifully light and soft in the middle. We dipped them in little pots of Sussex Gold, a cold-pressed, virgin rape seed oil and rich, sweet balsamic vinegar. A simple yet scrummy start to any meal.

Fish and Chips at Rainbow Inn

Classic Fish And Chips

Then for the main event, the Harveys beer-battered, locally-sourced fish with tartare sauce, mushy peas and hand-cut chips. The portions were generous and arrived steaming hot on nice clean plates.

The cod was well-cooked and flaky but not dry, had a lovely delicate flavour and was generously coated in a rich, crispy, golden batter.

Rainbow Inn Fish and Chips

Underneath the fish was a substantial heap of big, chunky, golden, hand-cut chips made from a floury, slightly sweet variety of potato. We also each got a bowl of soft, sweet, mushy peas, a little tub of creamy, tangy tartare sauce and a wedge of lemon.

Service was friendly and prompt throughout and the dogs were well looked after. We left utterly stuffed and didn’t need to eat again that day.

Food is served from noon until 9.30pm seven days a week.

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