No visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be complete without going inside The Three Broomsticks. The attention to detail is breathtaking – you really do feel as though you have stepped right in to the pub in Hogsmead when you walk through the door.
The Three Broomsticks is the only sit down eatery in Wizarding World. It is counter service style which means that you stand in line and order your food at the check out and then collect it from the food servers.
The decor is amazing. As soon as you enter you will start to notice the attention to detail. It looks like a movie set (and so it should as there was a huge amount of input from the designers and production crew who worked on the movies). When you walk through the door you are greeted by a Wizard who will direct you to turn left and enter the line.
When you reach the front of the line you will be directed by another Wizard as to which check out to go to. Usually this works well but it can still take some time to actually get to order. Guests often take a while deciding just how much butterbeer they want or how many souvenir cups to get.
Once you have ordered you are directed to the food pick up. Again another wait but it works pretty efficiently.
The Three Broomsticks has a great system for finding a table as there are plenty of Wizards to find one for you. This has a great advantage that you are not wandering around the restaurant with a full tray trying to find a place to sit. What this also means though is that there is no reserving tables ahead of time. You know that annoyed feeling you get when you have stood in line for ages, have your food, and you just look around to see tables for 6 with 1 person guarding it with their life? Glad to say that this just doesn’t happen at The Three Broomsticks. If you try and reserve a table you will be politely asked by one of the Wizards to move on.
There is indoor and outdoor seating. Personally I much prefer the indoor seating. Not only is it usually a change to get out of the heat into a nice air conditioned space, but also because you can sit and enjoy the music and the decor inside. There are lots of very solid wood tables, chairs and benches. One of the best spots is just by the fireplace to the left of the room. Or try and sit in the middle of the room as you get a great view of the effects on the walls. Always remember to take some time to look around you and upwards as there are some surprises. Is that Dobby you can see? An owl?
The Three Broomsticks is not just a great place to eat because of the atmosphere and decor. It also has pretty good food. For a counter service theme park venue it is positively excellent – certainly one of my favorites. The menu has a lot of British type dishes. Traditional Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips and Baked Potatoes.
If you are vegetarian (my children and I are, but not my husband) then when you first look at the menu you may think you have little choice. But the side dishes of baked potatoes and corn are really good. They cook the baked potatoes with just the right amount of salt, and have the sour cream and butter on the side so you can add as little or as much as you like.
The Shepherd’s Pie and the Fish and Chips are also great options for the none vegetarians.
Now of course most of the visitors to The Three Broomsticks will want to try the butterbeer. Most guests seem to prefer the frozen butterbeer. You can also buy butterbeer in a souvenir cup which is a great thing to take home with you. What does butterbeer taste like. It is very like cream soda with a very frothy and tasty top. Of course the ingredients of butterbeer are a very closely guarded secret.
If you are just looking to buy butterbeer it is better to get one from the stand outside The Three Broomsticks or the Hogshead Pub which is right next door. The lines are generally a lot shorter. As with all theme park restaurants if you want to avoid the lines then eat earlier than 11.30 or after 2pm.
The music is the finishing touch in creating the amazing atmosphere inside The Three Broomsticks.
So what is on the menu at The Three Broomsticks?
The Three Broomsticks Menu
Platter for Four
This platter is good value if you have a party of at least 4 guests. It includes fresh Garden Salad tossed with a special Signature Vinaigrette Dressing as an appetizer. The entree includes a combination of Rotisserie Smoked Chicken and Chargrilled Ribs, Roasted Corn on the Cob and Roasted Potatoes.
$49.99 for four $12.99 for each additional serving
Shepherd’s Pie with Garden Salad
A traditional British favorite. Ground Beef and Vegetables with a Mashed Potato Topping. $9.99
Fish and Chips
Another very traditional British dish. Fresh North Atlantic Cod served with Chips (french fries) and Tartar Sauce. $11.99
Cornish Pasties with Garden Salad
Flaky Pastry Pies filled with Ground Beef, Vegetables and Potatoes. It is served with a Side Salad and a Choice of Dressing. $7.99
Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Platter
This Rotisserie Chicken is served with Roasted Corn and Roasted Potatoes. $9.99
Chargrilled Rib Platter
Served with Roasted Corn and Mashed Potatoes. $13.49
Chicken and Ribs Platter
A combination of Chicken and Ribs served with Roasted Corn and Roasted Potatoes. $13.49
Smoked Turkey Leg
A Smoked Turkey Leg served with Wedge Fries. $11.99
Soup and Salad Combo
You can choose from Potato and Leek or Split Pea and Ham Soup. Served with a Side Salad with a Choice of Dressing. $6.99
Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Salad
Rotisserie Chicken served with Fresh Greens and a Choice of Dressing. $8.99
Garlic Roasted Potatoes $2.89
Served with Butter and Sour Cream in sachets. $2.89
Corn on the Cob $2.89
Served with a Butter sachet
Seasoned Wedge Fries $2.99
Fresh Garden Salad
Served with a choice of dressing. $3.49
Fruit Cup $2.99
Ice Cream Cup
Choice of Strawberry and Peanut Butter, Chocolate or Vanilla. $3.99
A traditional British dessert of Layered Chocolate Cake with Fresh Berries and Cream. $3.49
Fresh Baked Apple Pie $3.49
This is for children aged 9 and under. All meals served with grapes and applesauce.
Fish and Chips $4.99
Chicken Fingers $4.99
Chicken Legs $4.99
Mac N Cheese $4.99
Frozen Butterbeer $3.99
Butterbeer in Souvenir Cup $10.99
You can use the souvenir cup for $0.89 refills in the park, but not in Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Butterbeer refills are $2.99 so no cost savings here.
Pumpkin Juice $2.99
Pumpkin Fizz $2.99
Sparkling Water $2.50
Natural Spring Water $2.75
Cider (non- alcoholic)
Apple or Pear $2.49
Available Sweet, Unsweetened or Raspberry Flavor $2.49
Lemonade and Iced Tea Mix $2.49
Hogs Head Brew $6.50
Domestic Beer $6.00
The Three Broomsticks is definitely a must see in Wizarding World. Even if you are not hungry if you arrive and the line isn’t long then think about going in and just having a butterbeer and relaxing for a while. It is truly a very magical place and for those of us who are devoted fans of Harry Potter this is a place where you can actually feel that you are very much a part of the Wizarding World.