Chef Kevin Tickle and Heft Launch Staff Tea

Ever wondered what top chefs and their teams like to eat? Well, chef Kevin Tickle is about to spill the beans with an exciting click and collect menu that everyone can enjoy in the comfort of their own home.

Credit: Jenny Jones

Anyone who has worked or who works in hospitality will be familiar with the phrase ‘Staff Tea’. It’s that time of day where everyone gathers around the meal table and tucks in together as one big family to enjoy a wholesome meal together, chatting, laughing and above all sharing with each other before a busy service.

‘Staff Tea’ is all about the need for something delicious and comforting, something to boost your energy and keep you going, especially on long dark winter’s nights…

This is the food that chefs like to cook, and their teams really love to eat… Which is why Kevin has chosen to draw back the curtain and let everyone sample the scran that he and his colleagues can’t get enough of.

You may be aware of Kev’s new venture Heft at High Newton, which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, while that’s happening Kevin has decided to plot up in a nearby commercial kitchen and get busy creating a range of click and collect menus for people to enjoy, simple honest comfort food designed to help people start their weekend right.

Dishes include:

  • Smokey Chicken & Ham Hock Crumble. A simple smoked chicken and ham hock slow cooked with leeks, in a rich stock and topped with a crunchy, herby crumble.

  • Cheddar & Leek Gratin. Braised leeks smothered in a creamy Hafod Cheddar sauce and topped with a crunchy, herby crumble.

Both dishes are accompanied by honey and thyme roasted root vegetables, Carroll’s Heritage roasted potatoes and braised sauerkraut.

Alongside that Kevin has teamed up with the lovely girls at Bakery No4 to provide a selection of tempting classic British sweets treats and puds to sit alongside his crowd-pleasers, which this week will be:


  • Plum Crumble Shortbread

  • Flourless Chocolate Cake

  • Apple & Cinnamon Flapjack

  • Pear & Ginger Sponge.


You can even add a fantastic floral creation to your order too. Perfectly handcrafted by Lake District based florists’ Free-Range Floristry, who specialise in handcrafted sustainably-grown bespoke British Blooms.

‘Staff Tea’ is a weekly changing menu, available to order as a click and collect meal from either Heft in High Newton or from Bakery at No4 in Kendal.

Orders must be placed by Tuesday at 10pm* for collection that Friday.

  • Collection at Bakery No4 in Kendal is between 10am - 2pm*

  • Collection from Heft in High Newtown is between 1pm - 4pm*

To order simply visit: https://hefthighnewton.co.uk/heft-at-home/