1 Michelin Star Chefs: Kevin Tickle, Chef Patron, Heft

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Kevin Tickle is Chef Patron at the one Michelin starred HEFT in High Newton, Grange-over-Sands.

Kevin Tickle was offered the head chef position at The Forest Side Hotel after striking up a friendship with owner Andrew Wildsmith. Kevin has been behind the 50 cover restaurant at the 19th century hotel since 2015.


Newton in Cartmel
Grange over Sands
LA11 6JH

Website: https://hefthighnewton.co.uk/

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0)15394 35250

Facebook: @HeftHighNewton

Twitter: N/A

Instagram: @heft_high_newton


Kevin Tickle was born and raised in Cumbria. Kevin knew a career in the kitchen was for him after taking on his first job washing pots and pans to earn money for beer. The chef even turned down a career as a fire fighter and an electrician to pursue a career in catering taking on an apprenticeship role.

Kevin left Forest Side in the Autumn of 2019, to take some time out with his young family and to begin planning to create a place of his own. He and his wife Nicola took over a historic 17th century coaching inn at the foot of Cartmel Fell, in the southern Lake District village of High Newton and embarked on creating their first venture.

After training at Kendal College, Kevin went to work for the Michelin starred Sharrow Bay as chef de partie before moving on to L’Enclume with Simon Rogan where he worked his way up the ranks to become sous chef and head forager. It was during this time that Kevin’s passion for foraging grew and after nine years Kevin was appointed head chef of another of Simon’s restaurants, Rogan & Co which is just around the corner from L’Enclume.

In March 2023, Heft was awarded one Michelin star.


Housed in a 17th century Inn, Heft is the award-winning vision from Kevin and Nicola Tickle.

Heft's main restaurant has been restored to reflect the aesthetic of a traditional British inn, allowing guests to dine on a range of tasting menus for both lunch and dinner, while in the bar, guests enjoy quality beers, carefully selected wines and seasonal small plates and snacks.

Heft also boasts are five guest bedrooms for those who would like to stay the night allowing destination diners from across the UK and afar. 

Despit opening only a few years, Heft has won one Michelin star and has been frequent inclusion in some of hospitality's most respected guides and writer's columns. 

In March 2023, Heft was awarded one Michelin star.

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Editor 5th June 2023

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Kevin Tickle, Chef Patron, Heft