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.

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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 Mia Martin (Jonneh) – front-of-house; Graham Holland – 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 Becky, Vicky (Vik Star), Rachael, Hannah, Ella, Sophie, Juma, Will, Ian (Captain Potwash) and our longest standing member of the team, Gemma.

Hannah, Becky & Ian also work on Friday nights, 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…

Hi Mat, my partner and I came over last night to see The Decent Chaps who were FABULOUS (Looking forward to see them play at Strays again).

I have to say what a really enjoyable evening we had. The ambience was perfect, with a casual service, but tentative and great music. A great way to chill out on a Thursday evening.

We will be back. Once again, many thanks for squeezing us in.


Penny  January 31, 2014

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