Scottish pub opens, seeks music license

July 9, 2010
By

John Ruch

HYDE SQ.—Boston’s “newest and only” Scottish pub, The Haven, opened last month at 2 Perkins St.

The pub has a wood-and-stone decor and includes a bar and a sit-down restaurant serving such traditional Scottish dishes as haggis, fish and chips, beef and ale pie—and chicken tikka masala, an Indian curry dish popularized, and perhaps invented, in Glasgow, Scotland. For diners who are feeling more American, a burger is on the menu, too.

The Haven is next seeking an entertainment license to host live music, and has a city hearing scheduled for July 13. [See JP Agenda.] Pub manager and owner Jason Waddleton, a Jamaica Plain resident, has a background in booking bands and musical theater.

Waddleton—who considers himself half-Scottish and half-English and speaks with a Scottish accent—said he is aiming for authenticity and quality in The Haven, which is partly named for Stonehaven, Scotland. The quality part includes hiring a top-notch chef from Jamaica Plain’s Ten Tables and Brookline’s La Morra restaurants, who is known only as “Chef Wax.”

Chef Wax’s food “better taste good with a name like that, and I assure you, [it] does,” Waddleton said jovially.

The Haven is offering a brunch menu on the weekends, and aims to soon feature a late-night bar menu served as late as 12:30 a.m.

The Haven is open Mon.-Fri. 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-1 a.m. For more information, call 524-2836 or see www.TheHavenJP.com.

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