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 town.
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 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 saw the end of the 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, Mia (Jonneh) floor supervisor 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 Becky, Vicky (Vik Star), Rachael, Laura, Hannah, Ella, Emily, Sophie, our longest standing member of the team, Gemma. and Ian (captain Potwash) Hannah & Sophie also work on Friday nights along with Ian and Becky, managed by Lizzie. Nicole works on the daytime food prep team and on our Friday night tapas, along with chef Warren.
Then there’s Karen, Carol and Peter in the bookshop and Becca, keeping things in order in the office.
Last Thursday Jazz Sessions…
‘Live’ Jazz Sessions on the Last Thursday of every month.
For more info, click on the gig or go to the EVENTS → page…
Our aim is to make ‘the best coffee you’ll have today’. See what some of our customers say…
Having recently moved to Newark we have been looking for a special place to go “out out”, we’ve found it!!
Went to our first Jazz & Tapas at Stray’s on Friday 8 February and are hooked. We had “the taster” menu and are now very keen to explore the rest of the menu. I raved about it at work and have hopefully persuaded at least one of my colleagues to go. (Do I get a referral fee?)
Liz and the rest of the staff were brilliant and made us feel most welcome from the start.
The jazz was perfect for the setting, very relaxing and played excellently.
We’ll be back (mmm, that sounds familiar!!)