|Founder||Wolverhampton & Dudley|
|Headquarters||Lunar House, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1LW|
|England and Wales|
|Products||23 student themed pubs|
|Owner||Barracuda Group (2001–)
Wolverhampton & Dudley (c.1997–2001)
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 – will shut its doors in June 2012 after The University of Wolverhampton made a successful bid to Barracuda Group to purchase the building.
Wolverhampton & Dudley
Varsity was founded by Wolverhampton & Dudley. It also had the Poacher's Pocket brand, and the Milestone Restaurants chain.
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 twenty two pubs of the Varsity chain.
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)