The Liberal Cup Hallowell, Maine

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Delicious pub food & brew made just for you!

The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery in Hallowell, ME, is our take on the traditional English pub. Our mission is to provide a gathering place for our local friends and seasonal visitors to enjoy good food and drink.

Like the pubs that dot the English countryside, The Liberal Cup is an inviting and cozy spot to bring family and friends. And while the draughts will conjure that familiar flavor of jolly ol’ England (ales and bitters being our specialty), we’re happy to brag that the food will not.

Our award-winning chef has taken classic pub fare and elevated it with fresh, local ingredients.  His daily specials highlight Maine's seasonal offerings and on the weekends he likes to turn The Cup into a gastropub with his haute and nouvelle cuisine creations.

Headed South? Visit The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery, our sister brewpub in Saco.

What's On Tap

Alewife Ale

Bug Lager

For Richer or Poorter

Taste of Victory Ale

Ex-Wife Extra Bitter

Bug Zapper Super Lager

Guest Tap

Gritty's Halloween Ale

Daily Specials

Dinner Friday November 21st         

Muscovy Duck Carpaccio with Microgreens, Pickled Shallots and Horderadish Mustard Sauce - $11

Octopus A La Plancha: Pan Roasted Octopus in a Spanish Tomato-Chile Sauce with Arrugula and Seasoned Bread Crumbs - $13


Fresh Rabbit Braised in Red Wine and Herbs with Collard Greens and Bacon and Creamy Feta Grits - $24

Lamb Shank Vindaloo: Lamb Shank Braised in Indian Spices with Toasted Barley Risotto - $22

Curry Roasted Monkfish with Celery Root Gratin, Lobster Broth and Beech Mushrooms - $21

Prime Rib Au Jus - Queen $17  King $20 

Brewers Choice- Grilled Flank Steak with Chimmichurri and Roasted Potatoes - $ 21

Vegetarian-Kimchi Vegetable Stir Fry


Shrimp Chowder

Chicken Noodle

Beer Cheese Soup (Bitter & Parmesan) 



Welcome & Thanks for checking us out!

I opened The Liberal Cup in 2000, realizing a life-long dream of establishing a traditional English pub on this side of the Atlantic.  At the impressionable age of 17, I had fallen in love with the English country pub--a place for families and friends to gather for all occasions, as well as a local watering hole for those out and about or on their way home.  English pubs are cozy, informal, and meant for all to enjoy.  I hope that is what you’ll experience when you walk through our door.  It’s certainly cheaper than a trip to England, and the food is better. I promise.  As for the beers I brew, although I love experimentation, I keep them all within the English tradition:  drinkable, affordable, and for the people.  So, please, come and sit for a spell, share a story and laugh, and just enjoy yourselves. 


Geoff Houghton
Owner, Founder, Brewer