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16-20 Middlegate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1AJ, England
+44 1636 700597
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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 6.30Pm - live jazz from 7pm 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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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Go just for the lemon cake!!

Comfortable seating, excellent cakes - (worth the price) and good coffee. An ideal place to stop for coffee and meet up with friends. Very civilised!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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East Mids UK
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English first
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went for a day out with my daughter and friends and ate lunch here. I found it over priced at £2.75 for half a child's ham sandwich. Chips were £3. The cafe its self was more like a maze so you have to hunt the place for toilets or to even order your food! Food was slow, there was a... More 

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East Mids UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Comfortable seating, excellent cakes - (worth the price) and good coffee. An ideal place to stop for coffee and meet up with friends. Very civilised!

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I have been here on numerous occasions for morning coffee, snacks and lunch. The service is good and the coffee and food is delicious. On this occasion I booked a jazz Thursday for myself and a friend. We booked a courtyard table and food in advance with a drink. Music was good as was the atmosphere. Good welcome and great... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A mouthwatering menu was on offer to people of all dietary needs, including gluten free or wheat intolerance. I chose the mixed tapas plate which included delicious meats, cheeses and dips - yummy! On saying that I would have been happy with any of the choices - both lunches and cakes, deserts. A good range of drinks were also on... More 

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

Thank you domdomdomdom_13 for your kind words. I'm really pleased you appreciate our efforts to provide a wide range and glad youenjoyed your visit. We look forward to serving you again soon, on behalf of the team. Mat More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I am sorry to say the service was very slow because linked with an offer from Civil War Museum. If this link is continued must have more staff.

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

Hi Margabcd, I'm sorry you felt the service was too slow. Nothing to do with the offer we run with the Civil War Centre - it's just the summer holidays and we seem to be the people's choice for lunch. Regards Mat More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I just want to say how much I enjoy coming to Strays on a Friday night when I can. The food is superb, with a varied selection, and caters well for special diets such as glutenfree and dairyfree. The staff are friendly and helpful, and can't do enough for you. The jazz bands add so much to the overall relaxed... More 

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

Hi Lynn Smith, glad you enjoyed your coffee and scone and thanks for your kind words and considered review of our family business. I'll pass on your praise to the team. Look forward to seeing you again when you're next over. regards Mat More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Strays is a little gem in the heart of Newark the menu is extensive and suitable for all.Its ideal for popping in for a coffee with friends or a lunch.I chose a Scone with my coffee and it was a meal in itself I thoroughly enjoyed it. From outside it is quite deceiving as it looks quite small but once... More 

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

Hi Debbie K, glad you've made it over for our Tapas nights and appreciate your kind words about the staff and also our efforts to cater for people with allergies/intolerances. I'll pass on your praise to the team - they'll be really glad to know you've had a good time when you visited. Regards Mat More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I loved coming to Stray's a few years ago when it was half-bookshop, half-coffee shop, but it's expanded pretty rapidly and in doing so has lost a lot of its former charm. The service isn't what it was, the cakes are good but they used to be phenomenal - I don't know if there's been a change in ownership or... More 

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

Hi Rob S, I'm confused. You've rated us negatively on the fact that we're busier than we were five years ago and that our furniture is 'cheap'. You've also passed comment that our cakes are good but no longer phenomenal but haven't said why so I can't really comment on that, other than to say they'ere the same as they... More 

Sleaford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Very relaxing, have been many times for coffee and a light snack. So many nooks and crannies to sit either alone or with company

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

Hi AndreaBradford0, glad you've enjoyed your many visits to our family business and I appreciate your taking the time to post a review. Look forward to serving you next time you're in, either on your own or with friends. Regards Mat More 

Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A friend and I went to the Jazz night on the 17th. It was such a wonderful evening, the tapas was delicious; the service impeccable; and the Jazz was delightful. We've already set a date for us to return!

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

hi h_c_taylor, great to hear that you've enjoyed the 'darker' side - Tapas & Jazz, that is! The 17th July was the Sally Doherty Duo and I agree, she does make for a wonderful night. Thanks for taking the time to post your review and I'll pass it on to the evening team - Hannah, Sophie, Ian, Liz, Warren and... 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: +44 1636 700597

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 75
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Spanish

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 6.30Pm - live jazz from 7pm 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
10:00 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
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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