High-profile chef Marco Pierre White has acquired a stake in an East Sussex pub with entrepreneur Tarquin Gorst, who is involved in other pub projects including Piers Morgan’s Hansom Cab in Kensington. Pierre White has bought a 50% share of the freehold of the Rainbow Inn in Cooksbridge, East Sussex. All the staff will be retained with more taken on and a cosmetic refurbishment will take place, although there will be no need to close. “The pub will be similar to the Chequers, but not the same,” said general manager Ed Woodliffe, referring to the nearby Maresfield pub that White also has a share in. He took it on with independent pub company Powder Train in June last year. “There will be a good selection of steak and fish — good hearty food,” continued Woodliffe. “I think it is a brilliant move and just what we need in the area. Both Tarquin and Marco plan to be hands on and are really enthusiastic about it. The regulars are excited and there is a good feeling.”

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