The Haven

kid-friendly pub the haven jp

(photo credit: The Haven)

 

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Spork Rating:  3


The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain
  • Cuisine: Comfort/Scottish
  • Price: Affordable. Dinner appetizers $6-12, entrees $13-24
  • Hours: Lunch 12pm-3pm; Sat-Sun brunch 10:30-2:30pm; Dinner nightly starting at 5:30pm.
  • Reservations:  Yes. Via phone or OpenTable.
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids

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Overview:

The Haven has staked its claim as Boston’s one and only Scottish restaurant. Tucked into a cozy corner just off of Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, this relatively kid-friendly pub offers up Scottish comfort food and drink. The exposed brick interior, small bar area and tight (but not too tight) dining room makes you feel like you’re entering a true Scottish pub, and the accents and kilts sported by many of the super friendly and knowledgeable staff help to make the experience even more authentic.

KidTude:  

Pretty good. When they have a heads up, the super friendly staff does a great job of preparing for the little ones in this family-heavy neighborhood. While they might be missing a few key amenities to be a 5 spork rated kid-friendly pub, such as a changing table and a kid’s menu, if you can get by without them, don’t hesitate to bring the little ones to this cozy and friendly spot.

family-friendly restaurant tip If you need a high chair, be sure to make a reservation and request one either on the phone or in the “special requests” field on OpenTable. Due to limited storage space, The Haven only has 2 high chairs and they are almost always ready and waiting for you if you have reserved a table.

Main Menu:  

Scottish comfort food, tasty drinks and imported beers abound. If you’ve always been curious about haggis and just want to try it, order up the appetizer version of Haggis and Neeps ($9), or go all in and get the entree-sized Haggis with Neeps and Tatties ($17), which is the Scottish way of saying turnips and potatoes. The Haven’s burger is delicious and pairs well with their extensive selection of Scottish craft beers. Feel like a cocktail? Many of the cocktails, like The Olympian ($8), feature Irn Bru, an orange soft drink often referred to as “Scotland’s other national drink.”  Menu favorites include:

  • Scotch Egg
  • The Haven Burger
  • Haggis
  • Deep Fried Mars Bar
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(photo credit: The Haven)

Kid’s Menu:  

The Haven doesn’t have a kid’s menu, but most kids will do just fine with a simplified burger, some sides or the Fish Supper (fish and chips)–and all entrees are big enough to share! The Haven’s small kitchen has some limitations, but just ask your server what options they can offer for the little one.

Nearby Attractions:  

  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Jamaica Pond
  • Olmsted Parks
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Larz Anderson Park
  • MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center

Amenities:

  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • High chairs (limited quantity)
  • T accessible

Getting There:

  • MBTA Orange Line to Stony Brook Station; or MBTA buses to S. Huntington @ Perkins St (39) or Centre @ Perkins (41)
  • Street parking is relatively easy to find in this neighborhood. Just make sure to check the street signs to avoid getting a pricey ticket for parking in an area reserved for JP residents.