Location

Universal Studios Florida in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, immediately on your left as you enter Diagon Alley.

Summary

Diagon Alley's flagship restaurant, the Leaky Cauldron serves hearty British pub fare similar to that of the Three Broomsticks, but featuring even more authentically Anglo favorites. You can reserve breakfast by booking through your travel agent or the ticket desk at your Universal resort hotel; walk-ups for day guests are also usually available. The morning menu costs $15.99 for adults ($12.39 for kids) with a small drink, and has a similar mix of American and British breakfast foods to Three Broomsticks. The breakfast fare is fair at best; the blood sausage and beans aren't bad if you have a taste for them, but the scrambled eggs are awful, and the oatmeal outrageously overpriced, making the quiche-like mushroom pasty your best bet. Before you ask: yes, you can have hot or cold Butterbeer for breakfast. If you want to eat breakfast here, do it as late in the morning as possible; your early entry time is better spent riding Gringotts.

The star of the lunch and dinner menu is the ploughman's platter for two, with an array of gloriously stinky imported cheeses. The bangers are also bang-on, whether ordered with mash, in a sandwich, or (best of all) baked into a Toad in the Hole with Yorkshire pudding. The fish and chips are the same as those served in Hogsmeade, as is the soup & salad (which isn't even vegan). The fisherman's pie is extremely salty, as is the Guinness stew, which comes served in a nearly inedible bread bowl. Top off your meal with potted chocolate cream or sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Children’s menu items include macaroni and cheese, fish-and-chips, and mini meat pies (for your budding Sweeny Todd enthusiast).

Leaky Cauldron can be overwhelmed by Diagon Alley crowds. To avoid long waits, eat early or late.

Setting and Atmosphere

Modeled after the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter books and films, this restaurant is the flagship diner of Diagon Alley. A haunt of wizards, Leaky Cauldron was located outside the Wizarding World on Charing Cross Road in the novels and movies but is located inside Diagon Alley in the Universal Studios version. (You can find a non-opening replica of the pub door from the original film just outside Diagon Alley, tucked between the bookstore and record shop.)

To get a sense of what the restaurant looks like, check out “Prisoner of Azkaban—The Leaky Cauldron” on youtube.com.

Meals are ordered and drinks received at a counter; then you are seated with a candle which helps servers deliver food direct to your table.

House Specialties

Breakfast: English bacon and black pudding with baked beans and grilled tomato, pancakes with bacon, egg, leek, & mushroom pasty with potatoes. Lunch and dinner: bangers and mash, cottage pie, toad in the hole, Guinness stew, fish-and-chips, and shepherd’s pie and a ploughman’s platter for two of scotch eggs and imported cheeses.

Other Recommendations

DRINK SPOTLIGHT: Tongue Tying Lemon Squash at the Leaky Cauldron

Menus

Universal Dining Plan

Accepts the Universal Dining Plan.

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