Hello Muggles (and indecisive witches and wizards!), having trouble deciding which Wizarding World of Harry Potter restaurant to go to while visiting Universal Orlando? Don’t worry, we have all the details on which is best, and what each offers to help you make your decision!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (WWHP)
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a dream come true (especially for a nerd like me!). I love to read, and there is nothing better than immersing yourself completely in a magical world. They have done a perfect job of bringing the books to life.
The Three Broomsticks or The Leaky Cauldron?
There are two restaurants in the WWHP, one on each side: The Three Broomsticks and The Leaky Cauldron. There are also several places to get snacks, but we will tackle those another time. Here are the details:
The Three Broomsticks:
Located in Universal Islands of Adventure in Hogsmeade is the Three Broomsticks. They have a large dining room and also a covered outdoor dining area. There is a que line to the right of the door because it does get busy at times. Once you move inside, you get in another line to order, than another to get your food. A wizard will seat you once you pick your food up.
The atmosphere here is great, it definitely fits what I pictured in the book. It is full of dark woods and high beamed ceilings.
The Food here is pretty mediocre though. With a couple of exceptions, it is what you can get throughout the rest of the park: Smoked Turkey legs, rotisserie chicken, etc. They do have a sheppard’s pie with salad or Cornish pasties with salad. They also serve pretty decent fish and chips. Entrees run $10-17.
One thing I like about the Three Broomsticks, is they have a family meal deal: the Great Feast. It says it feeds 4 but it could easily feed 5 or 6, especially if you are feeding little ones. It comes with a rack of ribs, whole rotisserie chicken, large garden salad, 4 ears of roasted corn, plus roasted potatoes and veggies for $59.99. Additional servings are $14.99 each but unless you have HUGE appetites, I’d stick with the regular feast.
The Leaky Cauldron
As readers of the book will have guessed, the Leaky Cauldron is in Diagon Alley in London. London in this case being located in the Universal Studios Park. There is a que line here as well but it is all located inside, out of the hot Florida sun. The lines get long here also but for some reason, they don’t seem as long as the ones in Hogsmeade. You will order and pick up your food, then be seated by a witch or wizard.
The atmosphere here is similar to the Three Broomsticks but smaller and cozier. It is supposed to be a grubby little pub, but it’s a clean grubby lol. They have communal tables, which I love. There is nothing like hanging out with fellow witches and wizards from all over the world!
The food here, in my opinion, is the best in any of the parks. They have a wide array of unique, authentic choices to choose from. They are also less expensive than their sister location in Hogsmeade. I love their traditional English menu. Some of the choices include Fisherman’s Pie, Cottage Pie, Bangers and Mash, and Guinness Stew. You will not believe you are eating in a theme park!
Our favorites are the Ploughman’s Platter, an English sampler with cheese, crusty bread, salad, and scotch eggs. We also love the Toad in the Hole, a Yorkshire pudding with an English banger baked inside. It is served with peas and roasted veggies. It is a delicious meal for only $9.49.
The Leaky Cauldron also offers breakfast!
*Insider Tip: It lists the Ploughman platter for 2 on the menu for $20, but you can order the platter for 1 for $10, even though it’s not on the menu. It makes the perfect appetizer for 2.
*Tip #2 they offer a beer here that is not available in Hogsmeade: The Wizard’s Brew.
Both restaurants have kid’s menus available for those picky eaters who will only eat chicken fingers. They also both accept the dining plan.
The Winner: The Leaky Cauldron
As I’m sure you can tell by now, we prefer the Leaky Cauldron over the Three Broomsticks. I like both restaurants for their service and atmosphere, but the Leaky Cauldron wins on food, no contest. They have better choices and some lower priced options.
If you have visited the WWHP, which restaurant did you prefer?
What is the best meal you have had in a theme park?
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