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

State Budget Red Ale

Bug Lager

What's Hoppenin' XPA

For Richer or Poorter

Ex-Wife Extra Bitter (Cask)

Guest Tap

Geary's HSA


Tarbox Cream Stout





Daily Specials

Dinner Friday April 24th

Beer Battered Clams - $15

Braised Beef Shortrib with Garlic and Chiles, Sour Cream Whipped Potato and Avacado Vinaigrette - $13

Muscovy Duck Carpaccio, Crispy Shallots, Fried Capers and Porter Mustard Sauce - $11


Sea Salt Grilled Marlin with Sweet Corn-Carmelized Onion Risotto and Mango Salad - $21

Twice Cooked Beef Brisket with Ham Hock Braised Cabbage, Carrots and Potato Cream - $18

Cazuela of Lamb Porterhouse Chop, Merguez Sausage, Peas, Romesco Sauce and Easter Egg Potatoes - $22

Prime Rib Au Jus - Queen $17  King  $20

Brewer's Cut: Grilled N.Y. Strip with Queso Fresco Potato Gratin and Roasted Corn-Cucumber Salsa - $24

Vegetarian: Farfalle with Mushrooms and Broccoli in Horseradish Cream


Shrimp Chowder

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Beer Cheese Soup (Bug & 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