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

State Budget Red Ale

Ex-Wife Extra Bitter

We All (S)Cream Ale

Sow Your Oats Stout 

Guest Tap

Fatty Bampkins Hard Apple Cider


Daily Specials

Dinner Friday October 24th

Beer Battered Clams  - $15

Wild Mushroom Soup; Locally Foraged Hen of the Wood and Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms Simmered with Sherry, Heavy Cream and Thyme - $10

Crab and Goat Cheese Cake with White Anchovy Vinaigrette, Balsamic reduction and Micro Arrugula - $13


Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon with Lobster Risotto and Pomegranate Butter - $22

Grilled Lamb Sirloin with Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes and Wild Mushroom-Marrow Ragout - $24

Prime Rib Au Jus - Queen $17  King $20

Beer Battered Shrimp with Fries and Slaw - $23

Brewers Choice-  Grilled Flatiron Steak with Blue Cheese Bacon Gratin Potao and Black Truffle Oil - $22 - $13

Vegetarian- Penne with Brussel Sprouts and Mushrooms in Black Pepper Cream - $11


Split Pea with Bacon

Shrimp Chowder

Beer and Cheese- Red & Pepperjack




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