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

Dog Days Summer Wheat

Old Hallow Ale IPA

Sow Your Oats Stout

Summer Bitter, Summer Not (Cask)

Guest Tap

Orono Brewing Company's Siberia Farms Saison

Next on Tap

 1762 RyePA






Daily Specials

Dinner Friday July 31st

Fresh Local Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Lobster, Crab and Goat Cheese in Tempura Batter with Fresh Tomato Sauce - $13

Muscovy Duck Carpaccio with Lamb Bacon Lardons, Caramelized Shallots, Herbs and Basil Oil - $11

Wild Lobster Mushroom Soup with Sherry and Crispy Kale Leaves - $12


Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with Herb-Pea Risotto, Oven Roasted Wild Mushrooms and Lemon Butter - $22

Cider-Mustard Pressed Pork Belly with Potato Beignets and Fermented Collared Greens - $21

Red Wine and Garlic Braised Beef Shortribs with Celeriac Fettucine Alfredo and Pickled Corn - $23

Prime Rib au Jus - Quuen $17  King $20

Brewer's Cut: USDA Prime Ribeye Steak with Gruyere-Bacon Potato Gratin and Au Poivre Sauce - $30

Vegetarian: Farfalle with Local Farm Vegetables in Parmesan Cream







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