Dining Review: The Three Broomsticks

The Three Broomsticks is located at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Hogsmeade) in Universal's Islands of Adventure.
The Three Broomsticks is located at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Hogsmeade) in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

When paying a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you have to stop by The Three Broomsticks, the Hogsmeade dive Harry and company frequent (though sometimes while invisble).

This hog's head sits above the bar at the Hog's Head. Below are tankards of yummy butterbeer.
This hog’s head sits above the bar at the Hog’s Head. Below are tankards of yummy butterbeer.

The Three Broomsticks restaurant and Hog’s Head bar (featuring an interactive hog’s head) appears sturdy and weathered, as if it has truly endured generations in the village. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. If it’s nice weather, be sure to visit the back patio. You’ll get an unobstructed view of Hogwarts, which is ideal for pictures.

My friend Morgan and I explored the back patio of The Three Broomsticks.
My friend Morgan and I explored the back patio of The Three Broomsticks.

The food is inspired by English dishes, featuring traditional favorites like Cornish pasty, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and the like. The restaurant offers the Great Feast Platter, mimicking the feats served at Hogwarts. The dish has a little bit of everything, but come hungry. It’s a large serving. Do you have picky eaters on board? No worries. The Three Broomsticks has kiddie meals like macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers.

I am a self-proclaimed picky eater, but I usually order the fish and chips. The fish is served hot and crispy, but the real star is the chips. Fried potato wedges are packed with salty flavor, making the perfect compliment to any meal.

Frozen butterbeer is my favorite treat served at the Universal Orlando resort.
Frozen butterbeer is my favorite treat served at the Universal Orlando resort.

You’ll see pumpkin juice sold throughout Hogsmeade, but only at the Hog’s Head can you buy pumpkin fizz. Pumpkin fizz is pumpkin juice paired with some kind of bubbles (seltzer, club soda, or something like that), turning the juice into a fizzy and delicious drink. My longstanding favorite is frozen butterbeer, a non-alcoholic, butterscotch-y treat. You can enjoy butterbeer at the Hog’s Head or at the butterbeer stands along the main path to Hogwarts. The Hog’s Head also serves alcoholic beverages, including their Hog’s Head brew.

The Three Broomsticks does not require reservations, but remember peaks times (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) during peak seasons can make eating difficult. I prefer to grab a late lunch (around 2 p.m.) or an early supper (around 5 p.m.) when visiting The Three Broomsticks during the peak season.

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