Ma Boyle's

City Centre · European, British · $$$$
87 Reviews

About Ma Boyle's

Brought to you by the same passionate publicans that have kept the infamous Ma Egerton’s alive and kicking on the other side of Liverpool’s city centre, Ma Boyle’s is a pub just as historic. Founded in 1870, Ma Boyle’s was first a coffee shop serving the merchants of the Cotton Market and Fruit Exchange and the legal and professional classes of Liverpool’s boomtown professional class. Now a classic gastropub with a fine selection of cask ales and beer, a basement rum parlour, and a menu packed with the best of rustic and generously-apportioned British, trans-Atlantic American and international dishes, Ma Boyle’s needs only its fantastic location to recommend itself. And location it has. Housed as it always has been at the Tower Gardens, best accessed by rail from Moorfields or Liverpool James Street – part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Waterfront precincts – Ma Boyle’s is an unmissable destination for lovers of robust gastronomy.

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Chef's Choice




Crisp melting pockets of brie served on a bed of mixed leaf and dried cranberries with a raspberry vinaigrette (V)


Classic Caesar Salad, fresh grilled chicken served on a bed of crisp baby gem lettuce, bound with a classic creamy dressing with croutons. Served with or without anchovies


Soft slices of smoked salmon from Gedern and Wye. Served on a bed of mixed leafs with a poached egg



Ham with cheddar cheese melted onto thick doorstop bread


Soya veggie sausages served with creamy mashed potato and veggie onion gravy


Fresh cod deep fried in Ma’s own beer batter, served with skin-on hand cut skinny or thick chips, mushy peas and Ma’s tartare sauce








Further Information

An alehouse and eatery that’s been serving up their exceptional brand of British cooking since 1870, Ma Boyle’s is a legendary watering hole and restaurant in Liverpool’s city centre. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply after-work drinks, Ma Boyle’s sets the stage for a lively and satisfying meal at Tower Gardens. Found just steps from the waterfront and close to sights like the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool Town Hall and the historic Our Lady and Saint Nicholas Church of England, Ma Boyle’s is right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Once an oyster bar, Ma Boyle’s is now one of the most famous and lively gastropubs in all of Liverpool. Playing host to events like jazz nights, bottomless prosecco brunches, live music and pub quizzes, this city centre restaurant and bar always has something exciting going on. The food here is otherworldly, with comfort food classics like bangers and mash, steak & ale pie and beer battered fish & chips all made the old fashion way, using the best ingredients and the freshest seasonal produce. Ma Boyle’s also offers a kids’ menu, so feel free to bring along the entire family to this beloved gastropub in the heart of Liverpool. Reserving a table in advance is highly recommended.

87 Reviews

Martin M.7 days ago · 1 review

Lovely old character pub serving excellent food at very reasonable prices. Friendly staff and a good selection of real ales. Fairly small so booking is recommended if you wish to eat.

Colette D.9 days ago · 1 review

Fab food. Excellent service. Reallly enjoyed our evening. Neil Fitzmaurice really good host for the quiz. Would recommend friends to go just for the food and service.

Graham W.16 days ago · 2 reviews

Whenever we go to Ma Boyle's, it's always busy, so they're obviously doing something right. But just a word of warning: it can get noisy! We opted for the rump steak this trip. Cooked to our liking - perfect, with Ma's own chips. Some fine real ales to accompany the food along with a very agreeable bottle of pinot grigio - will definitely be returning - especially if another Confidential offer comes along.

Carl M.22 days ago · 2 reviews

Fantastic bar with great bar food and staff. Well worth a visit. Food provided 7 days a week and reasonably priced. Always cask asles on tap and good offers throughout the week.

Sharon H.6 months ago · 1 review

This is our third visit to Ma Boyle's within 5 weeks; which says a lot in itself. Being a Saturday it was very busy, but the staff were attentive and helpful. There was a near disaster at the start of the evening; when all the party decorations and cake, that I'd dropped off the night before, couldn't be found. However it was resolved and a complimentary round of drinks by way of an apology, was appreciated. Thank you. Ma Boyle's for a great evening.

Terry M.a month ago · 1 review

Had previously visited Ma's for James' very enjoyable Whisky Appreciation Event, and had eyed the eats menu then, so we booked a table for yesterday, and were favourably impressed by the delightful and efficient table service, and the three Scouse Pies plus drinks.... Highly recommend Ma Boyle's, and looking forward to James' Gin Experience in July..... Terry, Chris, and Ella

Nick D.4 months ago · 1 review

Ma Boyle's is a great little pub in a quiet location just by St Nicholas church. My wife and I usually pop in for a glass of Merlot when we're in the area. Our last visit was with 4 friends, atmosphere was really good and so was the food. Highly recommend

Sharon W.a year ago · 1 review

Food was excellent! Staff seemed to be slightly disinterested possibly owing to there not being enough of them. We weren't told how to place our order and when we tried, the waitress informed us that she had already been working for over an hour longer than she should have but would pass our order on. The bar staff member brought cutlery from another table which was inadequate for what we had ordered. This was not a disaster though and we will return as the staff were pleasant despite this (I'm sure it was just a one off having read other reviews) and the food is well worth returning for! Drink prices are also reasonable. A bit of a hidden gem!

Ian H.5 months ago · 1 review

HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Booked here through the quandoo app and had a great night. Very attentive waitress and nothing was too much trouble even though the place was very busy. Atmosphere was spot on. Our party had Caesar salad, meatballs and the burger, everybody loved the food which had the homemade touch and went down a treat. I would also recommend the lovely pink fizz cocktails as well as their Liverpool Gin. We'll definitely be back soon

adrienne w.a month ago · 1 review

It was a Tuesday evening and the restaurant was quite empty but the two girls serving were lovely and bright and made my husband's birthday meal a special occasion for him, presenting him with a sticky toffee pudding dessert with a candle. The steak was gorgeous and the sauces which accompanied it very tasty and plenty of it. I would go back there the next time I go to Liverpool.

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