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Stray's

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$$$
Coffee Shop, Dessert, Spanish, Family Fare
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16-20 Middlegate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1AJ, England
01636700597
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Today
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Breakfasts, made-to-order sandwiches and lite bites, made-to-order lunch...
Breakfasts, made-to-order sandwiches and lite bites, made-to-order lunch menu, home-made cakes (made daily) using local producers and suppliers wherever possible.Friday nights - Tapas & Live Jazz - menu available from 5pm - live jazz from 6pm with solo artists, duos, trios and the occasional quintet- all included in the price of your meal.Last Thursday of the month - Live Jazz Sessions from 7.30pm with lite menu.
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Visitor rating
  • 95
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great jazz evening !

First jazz night for us - really enjoyed it ! Staff pleasant, attentive and friendly from our arrival until we departed. Small relaxing venue - fiona Stein was excellent. Look forward to returning for more jazz evenings !

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
nerja18
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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  • Families with children
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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

First jazz night for us - really enjoyed it ! Staff pleasant, attentive and friendly from our arrival until we departed. Small relaxing venue - fiona Stein was excellent. Look forward to returning for more jazz evenings !

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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Crowded and a long queue, but nice lunch of jacket potato and then gluten free cake. Sadly was ill after the cake so suspect that there was some contamination with gluten. My friend who isn't a coeliac was fine and really enjoyed her lunch, so I can't rate it on my issues!

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This cafe get very busy so always best to get there early they tell me. So I did and managed to get a table which involved negotiating my way round a maze of corridors in whcih they are situated - however the food was excellent as was the service. The only thing that put me off a little was the... More 

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Had a jacket potato the smallest I've ever had , was supposed to be with chilli beef and cheddar cheese NO WAY WAS THAT TRUE cheese was tasteless orange processed rubbish and chilli beef was out of a tin won't be going back again!!! Shame because this used to be a brilliant place pity it's gone down hill Disappointed Diner

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Mat S, Owner at Stray's, responded to this review

Hi j G, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your food yesterday. However, you forgot to mention in your 'review' that you completely cleared your plate, as did your friend. Only then did you complain, rather loudly and both received a full, no quibble refund, for your whole order. Interestingly, your friend said her tuna mayo was not acceptable either. Again,... More 

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is still, after many years, one of my favourite places in Newark. The coffee, & I really like my coffee, is always high quality, the food (especially the cakes) is delicious & best of all the staff are always lovely & friendly!

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Mat S, Owner at Stray's, responded to this review

Hi Helen B, thanks for taking the time to review Stray's. It's great to have a good review about our coffee from a self-confessed coffee fanatic! And I'm glad you enjoyed your cake too! Glad you've been coming for years and long may it continue! I'll pass on your kind words to the team too - they all work very... More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Service poor staff poor tapas poor The room was cold the tapas which was served to was ok had better would not go back drinks a little high so was the price of the tapas If the staff did less talking to each other and did the job which get paid for the restaurant would do ok

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Mat S, Owner at Stray's, responded to this review

Hi Mick R, I'm sorry you've not enjoyed your night with us. I'm not sure what was wrong with the tapas? You haven't said where you normally go and therefore who we're being compared to - nor why you thought the drinks were priced too highly as you haven't elected to go into any detail. However, our full menu (with... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I've moved away from Newark so don't come as much as I used to so maybe that's why I feel the way I do but I feel that it's not what it was. Like some other reviewers I found the staff a bit rude (the manager below notes that it could have been a Sunday - it was a Sunday... More 

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Mat S, Owner at Stray's, responded to this review

Hi Matt W, I'm sorry you've felt our staff rude. If you could let me know what they did, said etc, then I'll certainly look into it. With regards to the prices being higher than when you last came over, I'm surprised that you felt this was somehow wrong. Everything I'm aware of has increased in price over the last... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Visited here , on a Friday evening Jazz night. We went to try the tapas rather than listen to the Jazz. The jazz however was lovely , and not overwhelming the whole restaurant , so was lovely to listen too. The tapas was delicious , we really enjoyed every dish, and we did have quite a few. The meatballs ,... More 

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Matha, France
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

we were looking forward to a rare evening out last night and the Wendy Kirkland trio were great. The decor and staff at Stray's are faultless but the Tapas was really mediocre. The olives were tasteless as was the olive oil. The pimentos were from a jar and not freshly roasted as we were expecting and have had in other... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I was recommended to visit here and as the lady who recommended it has excellent taste I gave it a go. The place was busy and securing a table difficult. I wasn't happy about having to leave a coat at the table to hold it and less happy to find someone sat there when I got back from the counter.... More 

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Mat S, Owner at Stray's, responded to this review

Hi Sue B, thanks for you review and I'm sorry we're challenging your resolve during your diet (but glad at the same time!) Thanks for pointing out the gargantuan proportions of our scones (and our cakes are the same) and for realising that comparing prices is not always sensible when the portion sizes differ from shop to shop. I'm glad... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16-20 Middlegate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1AJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Nottinghamshire  >  Newark-on-Trent
  • Phone Number: 01636700597

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 49
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Spanish, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Breakfasts, made-to-order sandwiches and lite bites, made-to-order lunch menu, home-made cakes (made daily) using local producers and suppliers wherever possible.Friday nights - Tapas & Live Jazz - menu available from 5pm - live jazz from 6pm with solo artists, duos, trios and the occasional quintet- all included in the price of your meal.Last Thursday of the month - Live Jazz Sessions from 7.30pm with lite menu.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?