The Faversham

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Legendary student hangout known for its clubnights and gigs, as well as a menu of craft beer and decent food

The Faversham, or ‘Fav’ as it’s more commonly known, is one of the city’s most famous venues, but its just off-campus location means that you’ll only ever see students there. It’s hard to imagine a fully rounded Leeds University experience without at least one messy night stumbling out of the former hotel after a clubnight or gig.

During the late ‘60s and ‘70s, Fav became a regular hangout for Leeds United players until the late ‘70s saw a shift towards a more nightclub-style venue, and a dancefloor and sound system were added to make the venue the freshers’ week honeypot it is today. Unlike similar student haunts, Fav hasn’t scrimped on curating a menu that reflects the modern student, featuring an extensive selection of local craft beers and ales, as well as dishes like mussels, pulled pork, roast chicken, open sandwiches and plates of cured meats with bread – all averaging a fiver.

Although there’s a Christmas menu that attracts large uni society parties each year, Fav is perhaps better-known for its hedonistic summer bashes that take place throughout the venue’s grounds with music, dancing, food and fun until the very early hours. As it’s dwarfed by the school of biomedicine on one side and Charles Morris halls of residence on the other, Fav can be a challenge to locate on the first trip, but once it’s discovered it’s easy to see why many eschew the union’s eateries and bars to trek through the concrete jungle of the med school blocks for a pint or lunch in between lectures or after exams.

By: Lauren James


Venue name: The Faversham
Address: 1-5
Springfield Mount
Transport: Rail: Leeds

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