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

Dunkel John's Band

Backhouse Bitter

Achtung! Oktoberfest

Sow Your Oats Stout 

Guest Tap

Allagash Black


Daily Specials

Dinner September 30th

Beer Battered Shrimp - $14

Local Lamb Sweetbreads with a Green Peppercorn Reduction and Puff Pastry - $13

Marinated Grilled Lamb Lollipops with Hummus - $12


Octopus Diavolo; Baby Octopus Tossed with Penne in a Spicy Marinara - $14

Pork Belly Sandwich on a Kaiser Roll with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Onion Straws - $10

Beer Battered Clams, Fries and Slaw -$25

Grilled Flank Steak with  Smash and Vegetable - $21

Penne with Red Onion, Tomato and Spinach in a Marinara - $11

Haddock Chowder

Broccoli Cheddar

Beer cheese Soup (Dunkel & 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