Travel to the Caribbean without leaving town!

We are very pleased to be open again for inside or alfresco dining  and we look forward to seeing you for: 

Breakfast, brunch and lunch from Wednesday to Sunday         

Dinner at Irma’s on Friday evenings        

Takeaways at lunchtimes and Friday evenings.


Irma's Café & Bistro offers classic English breakfasts & brunches and authentic Caribbean dinners & lunches, in a very relaxed atmosphere.

“Our emphasis is on freshly cooked food and so at peak times, you may have to wait just that little bit longer than you might expect. But our food is well worth the wait , so please do come and dine with us when you’re in the mood for a relaxed, yummy breakfast or leisurely scrumptious lunch and dinner.”     Irma


We opened our first café, Irma’s Kitchen, in Kemptown Brighton, in 2017 and are delighted to have now opened Irma’s Café & Bistro at the corner of Cliffe High Street and South Street in Lewes, East Sussex.

Building on the success of award-winning, Irma’s Kitchenour chef, Nathalie, has drawn on her Guyanese roots and British upbringing to put together a menu of classic breakfast and brunch favourites together with authentic Caribbean dishes at lunch and dinnertimes.

Irma’s Café & Bistro is a light and vibrant space for relaxed dining, with further tables situated on the peaceful patio looking out onto The Cliffe area of the town.

Our History

After settling in London in 1962, Nathalie’s mother and chef, Irma, set up her first kitchen at home in Tooting. Every weekend there were orders to fill and, growing up, Nathalie watched her turn out everything from traditional English roast dinners to curry and roti, Guyanese patties to dhal puri. All made with techniques and recipes handed down from generation to generation in the family. These unique recipes have been replicated and further developed by Nathalie at Irma’s Café & Bistro.

Nathalie co-owns Irma’s Café & Bistro with partner, Simon, who was born in Lewes and has long harboured a wish to bring the wonderful deep flavours of Caribbean cooking that he loves, to his hometown, in a relaxed café setting.  Simon and Nathalie, together with their friendly and professional team, are proud to welcome you to their café and bistro.

Come and visit us

2 South Street
East Sussex


t: 01273 475536

Opening Hours

Mon & Tue:  Closed
Wed:  9.30am – 3.30pm
Thu:  9.30am – 3.30pm
Fri:  9.30am – 3.30pm & 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Sat:  9.30am – 3.30pm
Sun:  9.30am – 3.30pm

We are happy to open outside of these hours for larger parties or by arrangement.