*This dining experience took place in March 2016.
If you’re a wizard or muggle exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando, chances are you’re bound to grab a bite to eat during your visit. Whether you’re in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley, there’s a few different restaurants to dine in that offer special dietary needs options.
Last summer and fall, I dined at Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley several times, and while I liked the chicken sandwich I ordered, it was really my only choice of entree at the restaurant. It’s definitely my go-to spot to eat at Universal Studios, but when I recently visited Islands of Adventure, I wanted to see what options were available at the Three Broomsticks, located in Hogsmeade.
When we arrived, I asked a Team Member at the register about options, and she brought out Chef Patrick, who discussed them with me. He noted that he would recommend I order the chicken platter or rib platter and that I could also get the chicken and rib combination platter. He said that the only modification for the rib platter would be to remove the BBQ sauce, as it contained gluten.
I opted for the chicken platter, which I had tried years ago and remembered liking.
There was a bit of a wait for my food, but that was OK, as Team Member Kathleen ensured me that they wanted to make sure to take extra precautions with my meal. I was impressed by the level of detail and communication that the Team Members had with me while I was waiting for my food. Just another reason why I’m consistently impressed with the special dietary needs options at both sections of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
While we waited for food, we took in some of the sights at the Three Broomsticks. I love the rustic feel to this restaurant and the theming is just over the top amazing. You could definitely spend a lot of time exploring the nooks and crannies in this restaurant.
Once seated, I dove into my meal but not before I snapped a few photos. As you can see, the presentation is great. I love the rustic plating, which definitely fits the theme of the restaurant.
The portion is quite big, so be prepared. Even the kids’ meals seem to be a fairly sizeable portion. My roast chicken was good, though I wouldn’t say it was anything really that special. The chicken was well cooked and flavorful. My favorites were the roasted potatoes with onions and herbs and the corn on the cob. The corn was nice and sweet and truly didn’t need any butter to be enjoyed.
Attached to the Three Broomsticks is the Hog’s Head Pub. If you’re looking for an alcoholic drink, check them out for a Strongbow Hard Cider. The Three Broomsticks does not carry any type of hard cider (they have non-alcoholic versions that include a delicious pear cider), so you’ll want to check out the Hog’s Head Pub if you want to order one.
Overall, the Three Broomsticks proved to be a solid choice for food options while in Islands of Adventure. It was also a nice break from burgers and fries. I would definitely go back there, though if I’m looking for something less messy I might opt for the chicken sandwich at the Leaky Cauldron!
Have you been to the Three Broomsticks? What did you order when you dined there?