The first time I entered Three Broomsticks, I didn’t give a second thought to the theming of the restaurant. I was hungry and the menu looked much better than anything else we’d seen…like the gratuitous theme park burgers and pizza.
Now, we try to visit Three Broomsticks restaurant at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park whenever we can. I would say it is a must-do for anyone (or any family) who is fan of the Harry Potter series of books and films. Seriously, eating at Three Broomsticks can enhance a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and should be included in any planning.
Three Broomsticks has the feel of a rustic British tavern. It is the perfect place to sneak away to for some friendly conversation and good food. The outside facade showcases a cozy, snow-capped inn…and is the place where Harry Potter had his first taste of sweet Butterbeer. It has welcomed many a student from the neighboring Hogwarts.
Three Broomsticks holds a role in some of the pivotal moments of the Harry Potter movies and books. Knowing and understanding this history can enhance any visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando (you can read about them below).
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Before we get into the history, here are some details that will help you in planning your trip.
About the Three Broomsticks Dining Experience
I often get asked if you need reservations to eat at Three Broomsticks. My answer is…yes and no. Although reservations are available for breakfast, they really aren’t needed. Reservations are not available for lunch or dinner.
Three Broomsticks is located within the Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure Theme Park. You can find it nestled back in the Hogsmeade area of the park. It is modeled after the Three Broomsticks Inn featured within the Harry Potter films and books. As far as quick service restaurants within the park is concerned, Three Broomsticks offers the best visual details. It has dark wood furniture, open beams, and tiny details from the film. It’s the perfect place to sit a while and enjoy a Butterbeer.
Looking around Three Broomsticks, if it weren’t for the ordering area, you might forget where you are for a moment. Tastefully, Universal has managed to hide most other modern-day things (like air conditioning vents) behind the 18th-century decor.
If you’re like me and a little hesitant to eat indoors during flu season (or a pandemic like Covid-19), there is a nice little outdoor seating area behind the restaurant. It is usually less crowded than the indoor space.
The Food of Three Broomsticks Restaurant
The food offerings at Three Broomsticks have British twist to them. They offer a selection of breakfast items as well as lunch/dinner options later in the day.
As of the day of that I am writing this post, these are the current menus:
Breakfast (served until 10:30 am)
- Traditional English Breakfast: Fresh scrambled eggs, sausage links, black pudding, English bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, sauteed mushrooms, and breakfast potatoes.
- Porridge Breakfast: Old-fashioned steamed oats with fresh fruit and butter croissant.
- Continental Breakfast: Colorful array of fresh fruit served with croissants accompanied with assorted jams.
- American Breakfast: Fresh scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, crisp bacon, and link sausage with butter croissant.
- Pancake Breakfast: Three fluffy buttermilk pancakes, crisp bacon, and link sausage with butter croissant.
Lunch and Dinner (served 11 am until closing)
- The Great Feast: First course will be a fresh garden salad tossed with signature vinaigrette dressing. Main course will be a combination of rotisserie smoked chicken & spareribs, corn on the cob, and roast potatoes. The Great Feast serves four.
- Shepherd’s Pie with Garden Salad: Ground beef, lamb & vegetables crowned with potatoes.
- Fish and Chips: Fresh north Atlantic cod battered and fried with chips and tartar sauce.
- Beef Pasties with Garden Salad: Flakey pastry pies filled with ground beef, vegetables, and potatoes served with a side salad and choice of dressing.
- Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Platter: Served with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.
- Spareribs Platter: Served with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.
- Chicken and Ribs Platter: Served with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.
- Smoked Turkey Leg: Served with wedge fries.
- Beef Sunday Roast: Slow roasted prime rib, vegetables and potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and au just.
- Butterbeer (Non-Alcoholic)
- Frozen Butterbeer (Non-Alcoholic)
- Apple Juice
- Cider (Non-Alcoholic)
- Draught Beer (Hog’s Head Brew or Dragon Scale)
- Fresh Brewed Coffee
- Hot Beverages (coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa)
- Iced Tea
- Orange Juice
- Pumpkin Fizz
- Pumpkin Juice
- Sparkling Water
- Butterbeer Potted Cream
- Chocolate Trifle: Layered chocolate cake with fresh berries and cream
- Cup of Ice Cream: Butterbeer, Strawberry and Peanut Butter, Vanilla, or Chocolate
- Freshly Baked Apple Pie
The History of Three Broomsticks Restaurant
In the books and films from the Harry Potter series, the Three Broomsticks is a beloved inn located in the village of Hogsmeade. The students from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry often visit it. The restaurant is often busy, warm, a little smoky…but always welcoming to witches and wizards.
Early History of Three Broomsticks
Rumor has it that Three Broomsticks originated with the village of Hogsmeade itself. There is tales say that the village founder, Hengist of Woodcroft, lived there all the way back in medieval times.
The owner of Three Broomsticks restaurant during the Harry Potter years was Madam Rosmerta. She ran the popular inn for at least twenty years…since at least Harry Potter’s father, James Potter, attended Hogwarts.
Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Three Broomsticks first appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. During their third year at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasly enjoyed drinking butterbeer here. They frequently bumped into some of the regulars…such as Rubeus Hagid.
Technically, Harry is unable to actually attend Hogwarts during this year due to Sirius Black’s escape from Azkaban. But that doesn’t stop him from sneaking into Hogwarts so that he can take the time to enjoy a butterbeer with his friends at Three Broomsticks.
It is at Three Broomsticks that the trio eavesdrop over a conversation being had by a group of Hogwarts professors who are talking with Cornelius Fudge. They are speaking about Sirius Black. Harry Potter cowers under a table to listen in on the conversation…and the professors unintentionally reveal that Sirius Black is Harry’s godfather.
Since Sirius Black has escaped prison, several Dementors have been stationed to patrol Hogsmeade Village. Unfortunately for Madam Rosmerta, this means visitors to Three Broomsticks are few because no one likes the the bleak mood that their presence brings.
Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In this installation of the Harry Potter series, it is at Three Broomsticks Restaurant that Harry Potter meets with Hagrid. Hagrid invites him to go with him to get a look at the first task of the Triward Tournament–dragons.
It is also at this same time where we learn that Alastor Moody’s magical eye has the ability to clearly see through Harry’s invisibility cloak.
At a return to Three Broomstick later on in the tournament, Ludo Bagman offers to give Harry a tip on beating the second task of the Triwizard Tournament. Harry refuses to take the information from him.
On a side note, it is at Three Broomsticks Restaurant that Hermione, getting very frustrated, gives Rita Skeeter a piece of her mind…which Rita does not take very kindly to. In retribution, Rita publishes a slanderous story for Witch Weekly about Hermione.
Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
In Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts, there are a number of meetings that take place at Three Broomsticks. Initially, needing a place to meet with other students, Hermione opts to have the meeting at the Hog’s Head next door to Three Broomsticks. She believed it would provide more secrecy. This group of students wound up being the beginning of Dumbledore’s Army.
Unfortunately, Hogs Head did not wind up being as private as Hermione wished. This is probably why Hermione chose Three Broomsticks for a meeting later on with Harry, Luna Lovegood, and Rita Skeeter.
Harry talked briefly at this meeting with a gloomy Hagrid, who was absorbed with thoughts of his family. Harry was then interviewed about his ordeal of Voldemort’s return the previous year for an article for The Quibbler. The Daily Prophet (the leading newspaper for wizard news) was swayed by the Ministry of Magic and therefore would not print information about Voldemort’s return.
Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
During Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends only visit Three Broomsticks once. It is a somber visit. After the visit, the group of students witness Katie Bell being jinxed by a package that she had received while at Three Broomsticks. It is because of this that Hogwarts decides to cancel all weekend trips into Hogsmead for the rest of the school year.
While Harry doesn’t enter Three Broomsticks the rest of the year, he does pass by the outside of it with Professor Dumbledore. Dumbledore speaks with Madam Rosmerta and tells her that he is looking for a place less busy to have his drink and walks towards Hog’s Head.
In reality, Harry and Dumbledore head off toward their real task…which is retrieving one of Voldemort’s horcruxes from a mysterious cave. As they return from their adventure, Harry with an exhausted Dumbledore, heads back towards Hogsmeade. They bump into Madam Rosmerta who warns them that there is Dark Matter hovering above Hogwarts.
Madam Rosmerta lends them a couple of brooms. Harry and Dumbledore quickly fly back to Hogwarts where the Battle of the Astronomy Tower starts.
Harry has his suspicions that Draco Malfoy has become a Death Eater. Harry’s fears are correct. Voldemort gives Draco the task of killing Dumbledore. It turns out that Draco had put Madam Rosmerta under an Imperious Curse…and because of this he has been aware of Dumbledore’s time away from Hogwarts.
While under this curse, it was also Madam Rosmerta who had gifted Katie Bell the jinxed necklace earlier in the school year.
Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
In Harry Potter’s seventh year, he does not return to Hogwarts as a student. But he does go back to search for the last horcrux. When Harry apparates into Hogsmeade, it activates the Caterwauling Charm which prompts the Death Eaters to come out of Three Broomsticks.
Fortunately, Harry and his companions are given refuge by Aberforth Dumbledore. Aberforth is the barman at Hog’s Head (and Albus Dumbledore’s brother).
Why We Never Miss a Chance to Eat at Three Broomsticks Restaurant
While I am a Harry Potter fan (although not necessarily a Harry Potter nerd), I never miss the chance to eat at Three Broomsticks.
My family loves the decor and how it immerses you into the world of Harry Potter. I can imagine myself watching the Hogwarts students come in and grabbing a snack and a butterbeer…and enjoy a nice chilly butterbeer myself.
The food is a nod to British cuisine you might find while traveling the countryside. In addition, it’s some of the better food available within the Islands of Adventure theme park. Hats off to you, Universal!
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If possible, take the time to visit this eatery on your next visit. Eating a themed restaurant like this can really enhance your vacation. If you’ve had the chance to eat there in the past, let me know in the comments below what is your favorite thing about Three Broomsticks?
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