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

Dummers Lane Brown Ale

Mudflap Springbock

For Richer or Poorter

 Backhouse Bitter (Cask)

Guest Tap

Peak Organic Spring Simcoe 


Old Hallow Ale IPA




Daily Specials

Dinner Friday March 27th  

Beer Battered Clams - $15

Muscovy Duck Carpaccio with Roasted Beets, Dijon Vinaigrette, Fried Capers and Pickled Onion - $10

Citrus Marinated Quail with Shaved Asparagus-Scallion Salad and Miso Vinaigrette - $13


Garlic-Chile Braised Beef Shortribs with Celery Root Gratin - $24

Grilled Blue Marlin with Crab and Goat Cheese Risotto, Roasted Lemon Vinaigrette and Roasted White Anchovy - $21

Braised Venison Osso Bucco with Portobella Demi Glace and Parmesan Whipped Potatoes - $23

Prime Rib Au Jus - $Queen - $17 King - $20

Brewer's Choice:  Grilled Flank Steak with Bleu Cheese Bacon Potato Gratin and Rosemary Compound Butter  -  $21

Vegetarian: Penne Pasta with Broccoli and Red Peppers in Black Pepper Cream


Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

Haddock Chowder

Beer Cheese Soup (Springbock and Cheddar)


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