Last year I reported how celebrity chef Marco Pierre White had run into trouble with the locals in his attempt to take the Angel in Lavenham, Suffolk, upmarket.
Now it seems he’s encountered similar problems at the Rainbow in Cooksbridge, East Sussex, and has had to admit defeat.
As part of the relaunch the traditional pub was taken upmarket to look more like a dining room, with dark walls and tables with white tablecloths. It also had a “cosy bar” ripped out to make way for the dining tables.To be honest, anyone who does things like that to pubs should be strung up from a lamppost by a mob of angry yokels with torches and pitchforks. Only joking, folks...
The menu was changed to include dishes such as poussin à la chipolatas and pomme fondant, and the pub changed its name to Wheeler’s of St James’s at The Rainbow.
However locals were upset that the traditional pub atmosphere had disappeared.
After less than a year of trading the pub’s owners have now parted company with Pierre White and are turning the building back into a traditional pub.
Alf Turnbull, a 67-year-old drinker at the pub, said that locals wanted simple pub food.
“People do not want posh nosh just simple English pub food cooked to a decent standard.
"I could not pronounce half the things on Marco's menu let alone eat them,” said Mr Turnbull.