It all started with great coffee…
Stray’s is a family-owned and run business in the heart of historic Newark on Trent.
Originally a pet and grain store, Stray’s has been a well-known site in Newark for a long time. Now, it houses one of the busiest and most highly regarded businesses in Newark.
Our ethos is to provide top quality food and drink at fair prices. We are passionate about coffee, good food and great jazz. We’re also partial to a good read too.
With enough seating to look after over 100 people, Stray’s is a small business at heart but we are constantly on the move. 2013 sees the end of our first year in our newly refurbished premises, when we purchased our final building, No.16 Middlegate. Our unique coffee bar, eatery, jazz haven & bookshop rambles across no’s 16-20 Middlegate and round the corner into the cottages along Boar Lane.
The folks behind the business…
Everyone on the team makes Stray’s what it is. Managing Director Jane Oldfield is ‘Mum’, working alongside co-owners Liz Mack (Daughter) and Mat Short (Son) although in public, we have to refer to Jane as ‘sis’.
In the coffee bar, our top team consists of Peter Church – front-of-house; Kat Beck – senior barista; Lynn Seabridge – food prep; Sally Brown and Jo Whitaker – cakes and last, but by no means least our super-chef Warren Jones – keeping the food offering at it’s best.
Our coffee team continues with Mia (Jonneh), Laura, Becky, Vicky (Vik Star), Rachael, Beth, Shannon, Ella, Helena and Ian (captain Potwash) Kirsty works on Friday nights along with Helena and Becky, managed by Lizzie.
Then there’s Karen, Ian and Carol in the bookshop with Trish in the office.