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

Bug Lager

Alewife Ale

1762 Rye PA

Ex-Wife Extra Bitter

We All (S)Cream Ale

Sow Your Oats Stout 

Guest Tap

Geary's Autumn Ale


Daily Specials

Brunch Sunday October 19th

Huevos Rancheros- Poached eggs over black beans and chorizo sausage topped with Ranchero sauce and pepper jack cheese on crisp tortillas 12

Crab Benedict- Fresh Maine Crab on english muffins topped with hollandaise and home fries 16

Wild Joe- Ground wild boar sauteed with onions and spinach served with three eggs and home fries 13

Chocolate chip waffle with maple syrup 9

All brunch items served with fresh fruit and a scone

Wrap of the Day- Tuna salad with spring mix

Brewers Choice- Grilled Bistro Steak 13

Vegetarian- Cavatappi with tomato, spinach, and mushrooms in a white wine and butter


Chicken Noodle

Clam Chowder

Beer and Cheese- Bitter and Blue 




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