IDS Bar and Kitchen

Find a huge range of fresh and delicious food as well as barista coffees and a fully licensed bar in this not-for-profit venue.

Interior of IDS bar and kitchen, showing tables and chairs to the right of the picture, and a bar on the left, with people ordering food from a member of staff

About IDS Bar and Kitchen 

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a world-leading research, learning and teaching institute based in the University of Sussex campus. IDS is an independent not-for-profit charity.

Their restaurant, the IDS Bar and Kitchen, serves fresh and delicious breakfasts, hot lunches, sandwiches and salads (including vegetarian and vegan options) to eat in or take away. They also offer homemade cakes, barista coffees, frappes and have a fully licenced bar.

IDS can host events, open-mic nights, quiz nights and parties in the IDS Bar and Kitchen where there is a music system available. Outdoor catering is also available, including BBQs and giant paella pan events. Find out how to contact the catering team

Key information

  • Days open: Monday-Friday all year round (excluding bank holidays and university closure days).
  • Opening hours: view our term-time and vacation opening hours.
  • Location on campus: the bottom floor of IDS, next door to the Library.


The Bar and Kitchen has a relaxed atmosphere with an urban coffee house vibe, with tables and couches, board games and relaxed music. It has a family atmosphere and is a great place to meet friends, connect and chill out. WiFi and children’s highchairs available.


There is an outdoor beer garden with tables and parasols. Fancy a picnic? Ask to borrow an IDS picnic basket and blanket.


A daily changing Ottolenghi-inspired menu featuring international dishes such as Sri Lankan curries, jerk chicken, Middle Eastern, Greek and Asian salads. Vegan and vegetarian options available daily.

Other staples include delicious quiches, jacket potatoes, paninis, baguettes, homemade cakes and tray bakes. Also soups in colder months and cream teas in the summer.

Follow @ids_bar_kitchen on Instagram for the latest menu updates, or meet our food team for details of how to get in touch.

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