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Stray's

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$$$
Dessert, Spanish, Café, Family Fare
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16-20 Middlegate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1AJ, England
01636700597
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8:00 am - 6:00 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/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely Tapas in cosy, friendly atmosphere.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Wykenio
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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156 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
21 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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 

Midlands
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Title of the review says it all really. Popped in for coffee and cake based on the excellent reviews, but found the staff to be incredibly surly. Very simple order but they forgot to bring the cakes over until we went back and checked on it. Cakes were very nice, coffee above average and the surroundings were pleasant. Again though,... More 

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

Hi TheLathe, thanks for your kind words about our coffee & cakes - I'm glad you enjoyed them. As for our 'surly' staff, I'm not sure what you mean. Our staff may have been busy but I can assure you, they wouldn't ignored you. There is a lot of background noise so maybe they didn't hear you? With regards to... More 

Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I meet with two friends every saturday for coffee,beautiful setting. staff are welcoming you never feel rushed.children are welcome, they even have a box of books that children can use. i would say 10 out of 10 for strays .

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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

All, I left Newark sometime ago and moved to Lincoln but a little bit of sale shopping attracted me to Newark again. I couldn't avoid Stray's knowing they'd serve me up a grand cuppa and my usual fridge biscuit. Okay, you pay a bit of a premium but that is never an issue if the quality is there and I... More 

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

Hi Steven, thanks for your review and kind words about our 'empire'! And just a note for next time - we do offer fresh pouring cream for coffee. The norm is UHT creamer as it's much easier to use in so many ways, but some customers ask for fresh cream because they prefer it and we are always glad to... More 

Nottingham
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

After today I won't be visting again, it's such a nice building has a great business model but the food just dosent live up to it, the sandwiches are basically like something you'd get at a service station the menu sounds great but the reality is poor, and it's really expensive, cakes are better but we will be giving another... More 

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

I'm sorry that you've felt the need to post a contradictory review about our business. Not being a regular service-station patron, I can't comment on your comparison of our sandwiches. I doubt however, that service stations prepare their ingredients on a daily basis; nor that their ingredients are sourced for their quality, rather than price point. With regards to our... More 

Lincoln, England
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Never had a meal here but we often go for coffee and the quality of the drinks is as good as anywhere I've been, especially the hot chocolate. The cakes are also good. It does tend to be busy but that's to be expected and the wait is usually no longer than places I've been that are quieter. The staff... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I used to visit Stray's very regularly, at least a couple of times a month. I've started to go less and less of late, and my most recent visit might well be my last. There are too many disinterested staff, especially at weekends, and the cakes are much smaller and less well-made than they used to be - and if... More 

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

I'm glad you've been coming once or twice a month but saddened that you've reviewed us poorly based on inaccuracies. I'm not sure which coffee and cake you bought, but two lattes and two cakes would cost around £11-£12 (2 x £2.60 plus 2 x £3)- pretty much average for a better-quality product than most other offerings? With regards to... More 

United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My wife surprised me for my birthday and took me to Stray's. Neither of us had been there before but it came recommended by a friend. On the night we were there, there was a guitar duo playing and they were spot on. The food was fantastic, great flavours and well executed....not too much, not too little. The staff were... 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: Dessert, Spanish, Café, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?