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.

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



Bug Lager

What's Hoppenin' XPA 

Tented Kilt Scottish Ale

Bombshell Blonde

 Tarbox Cream Stout

Backhouse Bitter


Hoptastic IPA

 Guest Tap

Sierra Nevada's Hazy Little Thing

 Updated: May 13, 2019

Please call us for Weekend Specials



Duck Carpaccio -$12

Thin-sliced Duck with shaved Fennel, wilted Zucchini, and Truffle Vinaigrette

 Pan Roasted Brie -$13

Wrapped in Phyllo Dough with Grape-Red Wine-Onion Jam

 Beer Battered Clams -$14


Pan Roasted Halibut -$24

with Lobster-Ramp Risotto, fresh Fiddleheads, and Porcini Butter

 Ramen Bowl -$23

Roasted Pork Belly, Shrimp, Vegetables, Mushrooms, and a Poached Egg over Buckwheat Noodles in a Rich Broth

 Seared Venison Medallions -$25

with Brie-Whipped Potatoes and Truffle-Herb Sauce

 Prime Rib Au Jus – Queen $18   King $21

 Brewers Cut: Grilled Sirloin with Potato Croquettes and Portobella Sauce - $21

 Vegetarian: Cavatappi with Fiddleheads and Mushrooms in a Parmesan Cream Sauce