|Founder||Wolverhampton & Dudley|
|Headquarters||500 Capability Green, Luton, LU1 3LS.|
|England and Wales|
|Products||23 student themed pubs|
|Owner||Stonegate Pub Company (2013–)
Wolverhampton & Dudley (c.1997–2001)
|Website||Stonegate Pub Company|
Varsity is a student-focused pub chain operating in the United Kingdom. The name originates from annual university sports competitions.
- 1 History
- 2 Ownership
- 3 Operation
- 4 Estate
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The chain began in the mid-1990s. Its main competitor was Scream Pubs. Varsity was more sports-orientated than It's A Scream.
Varsity Wolverhampton – the first varsity bar in the chain – shut its doors in June 2012 after The University of Wolverhampton made a successful bid to the struggling Barracuda Group to purchase the building.
Wolverhampton & Dudley
Varsity was founded by Wolverhampton & Dudley.
The Barracuda Group was formed in July 2000 by PPM Ventures, a private equity company that became Silverfleet Capital.
In September 2001 Barracuda Group bought fifty pubs from Wolverhampton & Dudley for £37.25 million, which included the 22 pubs of the Varsity chain.
In October 2012, Barracuda was renamed The Bramwell Pub Company.
The Stonegate Pub Company
In October 2013, The Bramwell Pub Company went into administration. The Stonegate Pub Company bought 78 of the company's pubs including the Varsities in Lincoln and Coventry.
It operates the V Card, one of the first loyalty cards, which allows a cheaper price for some drinks, and allows better offers on some of the food deals.
The website is now conducted all through Facebook. It serves food most of the day, concentrating on bowls of chips with dips, and a range of hot baguettes with chips.
North West England
North East England
Yorkshire and the Humber
- Sheffield, on West Street, on the Supertram near the University of Sheffield (science and engineering departments)
- Leicester – two, on Friar Lane in the city centre, and London Road (A6) towards the University of Leicester
- Warwick, off the A429, next to the Warwick Medical School at Gibbet Hill
- Wolverhampton, at the University of Wolverhampton
South West England
South East England
- Bangor, near Bangor University
- Cardiff, near Cardiff University
- Roath (Cardiff), off the A469 next to the railway (Rhymney Line)
- Caterer Search
- Varsity Bars Room Hire
- V cards
- Sunderland Nightlife
- Sheffield pub guide
- Pub Explorer – Sheffield
- Pub Explorer – Warwick
- Pub Explorer – Southend
- Pub Rooms Southend
- Cardiff pubs