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4.7 /6 Excellent 71 Reviews

Ma Boyle's

City Centre European, British £££ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 21:00
Ma Boyle's, 1 Tower Gardens, L3 1LG Liverpool

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.


71 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 71 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Food: delicious
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Paula C.
1 review so far 6
20.04.2017 17:19

Great service,lovely Sunday roast pork.The vegetables were cooked perfectly although could have been hotter,potatoes and hot gravy perfect.I would definitely recommend and will return with friends.

Gary B.
1 review so far 6
11.04.2017 15:19

For and service was excellent, would recommend Ma Boyles as it is tucked away like a hidden gem. Price and drinks choice was another factor.

Simon M.
1 review so far 6
11.04.2017 01:02

Great place for Sunday roast dinner,very helpful staff. Well worth the money. Recommend it to anyone,go and try it for yourselves and see how good it is.

Juli B.
1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 14:30

Lovely venue tucked away from the busy streets. Great food and friendly staff . Recommended for quick service. Varied menu and offers through the week

Sharon H.
1 review so far 6
16.01.2017 19:13

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.

Nick D.
1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 21:01

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.
1 review so far 4
31.05.2016 22:59

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.
1 review so far 6
28.02.2017 15:58

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

David L.
1 review so far 5
02.01.2017 22:26

The place was packed and I was really bothered that the table had not been booked but it had! We had a reserved table downstairs awaiting us.The staff were very friendly and the food we had was delicious but we had to wait a long time for our drinks and meals.The waitress started off by telling us what was not available and this was extensive.So overall a disappointment but would visit again when not so busy.

Nicola S.
1 review so far 4
24.04.2017 16:36

Nice atmosphere, not ate here before but a nice table, friendly waitress and lovely sharing starters, but mains were a bit disappointing, chips soggy, blind scouse almost totally blind! couple of other gripes but manageable, given it's a pub. I was excited by the jazz band but they played the wrong stuff for a Saturday night city centre venue and sadly the place emptied during their first set and we lost the atmosphere. Would return and always great place for a drink with friends.

Kayla W.
1 review so far 6
14.08.2016 14:32

A really great, lively atmosphere in the pub, and the waitress was very accommodating even though we were a bit early for our dinner reservation! Food was fast and delicious (especially the home-made potato chips)! Everything was reasonably priced and I would definitely go back next time I am in the area!

Marion C.
1 review so far 4
21.08.2016 15:57

Full of atmosphere, character and a fun place to visit. The staff were lovely- friendly and helpful. The food was average at best, the menu is limited especially as quite a few dishes were "off" as they had run out of the ingredients and one person'a fish was inedible and had to be sent back (the replacement was fine). But it was very reasonably priced. We would go back - for the atmosphere and jazz!

Lisa R.
1 review so far 5
26.02.2016 16:42

A warm welcome from friendly staff. Came for a quick lunchtime bite, and service was very swift. Food arrived hot and was tasty. Only slight downside was that at £9 for a drink and sandwich with a few (lovely) chips on the side was a little bit pricey. Overall good - would definately go again!

Graham W.
1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 14:24

The staff were so friendly and helpful. There first table we were given was in a noisy part of the pub, but they quickly moved us to a quieter location. My rib eye steak was beautiful - cooked as I like it. Will definitely return.

David F.
1 review so far 5
05.06.2016 17:19

Nice location and atmosphere, but it was far too busy to eat really. The food took a while to be served and it was nice, but you could tell it had been reheated, the meatballs were a little hard in places. I would go back though, but maybe not to eat.

Peter H.
1 review so far 5
24.03.2017 07:15

Fantastic birthday meal, service and food absolutely spot on, the staff went out of their way to make the evening special. One draw back was that some items on the menu where not available, the guys put it right. We will definitely be back to enjoy this eatairy again.

Pauline Y.
1 review so far 3
12.03.2017 18:43

Ordered the scouse, arrived piping hot and delicious. My sister decided to try the fish and chips. The chips were tough and on the cold side. On mentioning it to the waitress and bowl of freshly made chips was quickly brought over, without fuss. Nice ambiance, traditional pub with friendly staff. Live music added to the enjoyment of the evening. On the downside, no toilet tissue in the ladies loos! In fact we came last week, same problem then.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 16:40

Had a great night at Ma Boyle's, it was jazz night and very enjoyable. Food was really nice and the staff were fantastic, very friendly and attentive. First time on the jazz night but certainly not the last.

Rosie C.
3 reviews so far 4
24.02.2017 02:19

Nice homemade pie & chips, although slightly too salty. Excellent tempura prawns. Meaty flatbread was doughy thick bread rather than flat, not especially meaty, and again salty with ham - really needed a sharp note e.g. chutney, pickles or balsamic onions. Lots of dishes out of stock. Only 2 choices for desert, but great millionaire shortbread.

David H.
1 review so far 5
21.05.2017 16:09

Quite a squeeze inside when busy. Great choice of drinks especially if you are Rum drinker. Food very tasty but not particularly large portions. It was value for money though I suppose. Having said that, it was a pub and not a restaurant.

Robert R.
2 reviews so far 5
20.05.2017 03:08

One of our favourite places to eat when in Liverpool. As usual the experience of dining here was a very satisfying one. Lovely food, served by a happy to help staff, all at a reasonable price. Will of course be returning.

Linda Q.
1 review so far 6
28.12.2016 16:55

Food was very very good and chef was accommodating to change requests, waiting staff were very attentive and friendly would definitely recommend. Specialising in a wide choice of rums. A little gem.

Lesley W.
1 review so far 6
23.11.2016 04:50

Lovely traditional pub with excellent food! Fantastic atmosphere and staff were very helpful and friendly. I am back Friday for work Christmas do and I am sure we will enjoy it!

Mary B.
1 review so far 5
27.05.2016 16:27

Had a chicken burger which was pure chicken breast. Was delicious. Friends had fish and chips but thought fish was a tad greasy. Lovely entertainment on and a good crowd in for a Thursday eve in Liverpool.

John M.
1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 07:57

Brilliant Ma Boyles real ale, scouse was superb. The Prosecco sangria pitcher was outstanding. Well done MA Boyles, another great night out at this gem of a place. Jmc 😊

Tracey W.
1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 16:27

Ma boyles is an Excellent friendly warm local that keeps a smile on your face With good service and nice selection of drinks and food what more do you want?

Steve D.
1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 16:47

the staff were excellent and attentive and the service was quick - even though the pub was busy. the atmosphere also was excellent - had a great night thank you!

Honour M.
1 review so far 3
06.10.2016 17:10

At 7.30 pm they had already run out of a lot of dishes on the menu. The waitress was good and frustrated with the menu situation as well as the selfish annoyingly loud group in the pub. We couldn't eat in peace let alone have any sort of dinner conversation without screaming over the noise. We ate and quickly left.

Robert R.
2 reviews so far 6
24.04.2016 02:04

Nice welcome, table had been reserved for us as requested. Varied menu with something for everyone. Lovely meals, reasonably priced. Will definitely be returning soon, what more can we say?

Monica B.
2 reviews so far 5
14.05.2017 19:57

Always a good venue for a catch up with friends. Friendly staff. Wish they would of told us there was a private function on later when we arrived and could have planned our day better

Leigh I.
1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 21:27

Table was reserved staff were lovely and attentive. Not a thing went wrong. Food was absolutely delicious mains and deserts included! Lovely atmosphere in the place as a whole

Margery P.
1 review so far 6
04.08.2016 14:55

We all enjoyed it very much. Staff friendly and extremely helpful. If I was in Liverpool again, I would definitely use them again . Easy booking too.

Pamela L.
1 review so far 6
10.12.2016 02:14

Our grandaughter bought a voucher to treat us to a birthday meal. We had a marvellous evening with delicious food, very good service and a wonderful atmosphere!

Jason P.
1 review so far 6
27.04.2016 07:02

Fantastic food great value for money and top notch customer service would well recommend for anyone thinking about going and location is easy to get too

Graham R.
1 review so far 6
07.04.2016 03:00

Excellent food, real home cooked and very tasty, also served in a wooden box which was a little different. Staff very pleasant, and nice pub feel

Maria W.
2 reviews so far 6
02.04.2017 15:05

What a lovely place! Food was homely and plentiful, staff were very welcoming and helpful and a jazz band ended the evening perfectly! Would definitely recommend.

Tony C.
1 review so far 4
16.05.2017 04:48

Food was ok (nothing special), beer was nice and service was good and friendly. Overall it was a nice enough lunch, worth what I paid (I had a half price voucher), but I don't think I'll go back again.

Jacqueline M.
3 reviews so far 6
21.02.2016 06:35

Great food and good value! Good selection of real ales! Good service as well! Fully recommend! What more can I say.....just go and try ma boyles!

Bethany G.
1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 17:44

A Liverpool gem! Tasty food, helpful & friendly staff, great atmosphere. Well worth a visit! And 2 4 1 offer on burgers on a Tuesday night

Janet M.
1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 20:55

We had a lovely meal and a few drinks at Ma Boyles last Wednesday. The atmosphere was great and the staff were wonderful, especially Andrea.

Gail C.
1 review so far 6
24.02.2017 01:25

Fantastic food and drink, staff were very nice. A little gem tucked away on a side street well worth a visit. Would definetly return back

Sarah T.
1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 21:59

Excellent meal from start to finish - will definitely be back soon! Sunday brunch comes highly recommended, including lovely coffee. Staff are wonderful & friendly.

Rachel M.
1 review so far 2
06.04.2017 18:01

I have not been there for a while but liked the food the last time I went. I had the burger and it came with some sad looking lettuce leafs, no tomato as stated and they forgot the coleslaw. Then we had some workman drilling right next to our table so was unable to enjoy my lunch or have a proper conversation with my colleague. Having said that our waitress was very pleasant.

Nicola D.
1 review so far 4
20.02.2017 06:31

Food was delicious, service unfortunately was not great. Plus they only had one type of dessert left (luckily it was one we both liked). Would recommend the pies and my husband's burger looked yummy too.

catherine h.
1 review so far 5
07.05.2017 16:33

Fantastic offer with the unlimited prosecco, we even stayed to have some prosecco sangria which I cannot recommend enough. Definitely would come again when back in the area

Clare R.
1 review so far 5
20.12.2016 15:40

The staff where very friendly, helpful and accommodating, the food was lovely, simple but with a twist. A very good first experience of Liverpool for my friend.

Paul J.
1 review so far 5
19.08.2016 17:31

Lovely ambiance, good traditional pub food, and live music (we went on a Thursday). Staff very pleasant. Good selection of pumps and they have prosecco on draught!

Katie L.
3 reviews so far 5
06.08.2016 14:28

Great food and great atmosphere. Service was speedy and relaxed. The chips are to die for. Next time, I'm trying the Gin and Tonics. They look amazing!

Debbie L.
1 review so far 5
15.04.2017 00:44

Attentive staff. Prosecco on tap is always a bonus ha ha. Nice food and table service. 25 words is a lot to write for a review!

Lesley M.
1 review so far 5
30.10.2016 15:53

Lovely place, great staff and yummy food. Nice and tucked away a great find, would reccome d if you love a cosy pub and good food