As a Harry Potter fan, nothing could make me happier than knowing that some of the amazing stuff mentioned in the books (or shown in the movies) were actually REAL. Or at least there’s a version or a kind of it somewhere. 🙂 Aside from chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, I’ve always been curious about the famous butterbeer from Hogsmeade. Some of my friends sent me this secret recipe from Starbucks and it was the closest thing to a butterbeer that we Muggles could have. However, one of my Potterhead friends told me about this cozy Brit-style resto-bar that sells authentic Butterbeer. According to her, The Royal Piccadilly’s owners tried butterbeer in the UK and after a series of experiments and taste tests, they were able to concoct their own butterbeer recipe! There are two types of butterbeer that you can order here: the normal, sweet, PG-13 butterbeer which tastes like butterscotch candy AND the ‘spiked’ butterbeer which has a shot of rum… I think. I’m not sure what the alcohol was but, oh boy, that made my head spin. Haha! My friend and I ordered one normal and one spiked. 🙂
At first, though, the waitress told us it was NOT available coz the “special” ice cream that they use for it is out of stock. I was NOT disappointed, okay. I was DEVASTATED! I came all the way from Baguio City — a city 7 hours away from Manila — just for this butterbeer!!! >_< It was so annoying coz the waitress was not so nice and we were trying to act all cute and kept on bugging her about it — we even offered to buy the ice cream if that’s all that was missing — but she didn’t even give us a ‘proper’ reaction or at least SMILE and sympathize with two crazy Potterheads. Ugh. Anyway, we ordered fish ‘n chips, of course, and some pasta with meatballs. They said it was only SINGLE serving and not for sharing but GDI look at the size of that FISH!
I was starving, yes, but I cannot devour that by myself! Haha! We ate for almost an hour and we were still hoping that the butterbeer would be available anytime soon. Haha! After staying there for 87 minutes — yes I have proof coz they printed that out in the receipt LOL!
We were ready to go and we billed out already… but we decided to ask another waitress about the butterbeer. Yep, we are NOT leaving without a taste of butterbeer! We asked her if it is available and she was nice enough to actually TRY telling the people in the kitchen to make us some butterbeer! Or maybe she got sick and tired of us and just wanted us to leave already. Hahaha! We must have had a sign on our foreheads that says “WE ARE NOT LEAVING WITHOUT THE BUTTERBEER!” LOL 😄 She said “I will try to find a way to get you some butterbeer” and SHE DID!!! I so wanna hug her and tip her big! And I wanted to throw some meatballs at that other waitress who couldn’t be bothered with our request. Ugh.
Minutes later, we got our butterbeers and when I took the first sip I felt euphoric~ It was probably coz I didn’t stir it and all the rum below went straight to my head or something. Hahaha! I really enjoyed every sip! It was, as cliche-ish as it might sound, magical. 🙂
I highly recommend it to all the Harry Potter fans out there.
Here are some pics of this must-visit classy and spectacular place.