The DevSoc Christmas party was a festive and fun-filled evening in December, enjoyed by all DevSocialites and providing an opportunity to let our hair down and say au revoir before heading home for Christmas.
The evening started at The Royal Pavilion, where, thanks to Active US, we were able to skate for £5 under the watchful eye of the beautifully illuminated building. After a quick stop to try on skates and make sure we were all sized correctly, we sauntered out onto the ice (some with more gusto than others) and the skating commenced. A leisurely hour-long slot meant we certainly had the opportunity to get to grips with the ice, and there were limited collisions! A special shout out to Evie Davies for bringing the added funk – if the lights of the pavilion weren’t enough to get us into the Christmas spirit then her battery operated LED Christmas jumper definitely was.
If you didn’t get the chance to check out the pavilion’s ice rink over Christmas then it’s a must for the next festive season. For those who are skilled enough you can whizz around until your heart is content, and it’s easy enough to get on the ice as a beginner and pull your way round, either on a stable friend’s arm or the railings! Mulled wine and hot chocolates are available rink side, so you can soak up the Christmassy atmosphere post-skate and decide where the night will take you next.
Having built up an appetite after all the exertion, we headed to Fanny’s in Hanover for a true Ethiopian feast. After a warm welcome from all of the staff, we headed downstairs to the newly renovated restaurant space, which had been beautifully furnished with chaise-style seating and giant cushions. Once we had mad ourselves comfortable, we were introduced to the chef, Genet. I know that we were all touched by her story; Genet, forced to leave her home in Ethiopia and live in a refugee camp in Kenya, found that she could use her passion for food and cooking to benefit those around her, and eventually became the camp chef. Having met Alex Cotter, once she became settled in Brighton, the two women came up with the idea of setting up a monthly pop-up restaurant in Fanny’s, bringing Genet closer to her dream of one day owning her own restaurant. Genet spoke to us about the food that she had prepared – pancakes with slow cooked lentils, cabbage, and other seasonal vegetables, and we were invited upstairs where we were served as much as we could carry. The food was truly delicious (I don’t think there was anyone who didn’t go back for more) and the meal rounded off with a traditional Ethiopian popcorn and coffee ceremony.
It was agreed by everyone that Fanny’s pop-up restaurant has to be a place to go back to – for just £15 per person we were served endless and delicious food, and coupled with the beautiful décor the team have managed to establish a very unique and special dining experience.
A huge great thank you to the committee members for creating such a fun night for us all to enjoy – the socials provide a really good chance to get to know more and more people from Global Studies and beyond, so we look forward to the next!
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