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.
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.
Best fish and chips in Liverpool. Efficient and quick service with a smile from the lovely staff. Very pleasant ambience in one of the city's traditional pubs.
Visited for lunch on a week day. Excellent quality food and very fast service. I can recommend the scouse pie. The staff are great. We will be visiting again soon.
This is a lovely place! Great menu - great prices - great quality - great portions. Friendly helpful people too. Can’t recommend it enough! Really pleased.
Gorgeous little place with amazing staff and atmosphere, we felt really well looked after. The food was delicious too so will definitely be coming back.
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.
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.
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
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
Great little pub serving excellent food. First visit. Not a massive menu but that's a good thing. Had Sunday lunch and it was gorgeous! Others with me had different pies and chips/mash and veg and agreed it was very nice. They also serve unlimited brunch with unlimited prosecco at weekends which seemed to be a big hit with the two massive groups of hens! Hence it was very very noisy! Lol. Would like to try again later in the day or in the week -bit quieter I hope! Having said that, the food and drink was lovely and that was why we went!
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!