A banquet table in the Refectory

The Refectory

Venue info

The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Bob Marley have all graced this venue with their presence and perhaps the most famous live recording ever made, The Who Live at Leeds, was recorded here. 

The Refectory provides a contemporary venue for the provision of all kinds of catering functions. From a ‘Grab and Go’ format for lunches through to sit down formal banquets for up to 600 people, it is the perfect venue, right at the heart of the main campus.

The Refectory can be subdivided to provide a more intimate location for dinners for up to 300 and also has a built in stage which can be used for after dinner entertainment or presentations.

The Refectory is not only available for dining events: awards ceremonies, gigs, exhibitions and poster sessions and much more can also be held at the venue. We have accommodated national television shows on multiple occasions.

Include the colour changing mood lighting and contemporary feel, and in the Refectory you have a venue that most definitely provides your event with the wow factor.

Whatever your needs, the Refectory will be able to provide the answer.

Maximum capacity

A contemporary venue ideal for large-scale banquets for up to 600 people

Award winning chefs

Everything from a business breakfast to a full banquet menu with a 5* Food Hygiene Rating.

Flexible and contemporary

Available for awards ceremonies, gigs, weddings, national television shows and much more.


The University campus has many fully accessible routes to all areas, with ramps and automatic or electric doors to buildings. For more information visit the AccessAble website for an access guide to the Refectory.

Rooms and capacities

  • Refectory North
  • Reception
  • Dining
  • Refectory North
  • Reception 500
  • Dining 300
  • Refectory South
  • Reception 500
  • Dining 300
  • Refectory
  • Reception 800
  • Dining 600


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Green Tourism

The University is committed to sustainable development and seeks to reflect best environmental practices in the conduct of its activities and operations.

University House has received a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and as such we are committed to working to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment.

Find out how you can play your part by reading the Responsible Visitor Charter. More information on the University’s green initiatives can be found on the Living it Green web page.

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Contact us

To find out more about The Refectory, arrange a site visit or discuss your specific requirements, complete a short form or contact our dedicated Conferences and Events team – call us on 0113 343 6100 or email us at conferences@leeds.ac.uk.