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Stray's

16-20 Middlegate, Newark, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1AJ, England
01636700597
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Ranked #7 of 93 restaurants in Newark
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $49
Cuisines: Dessert, Spanish, Café, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Nottinghamshire
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Best place to lounge with a cup of coffee and the chance to gossip with friends, read the newspaper and choose a good book to read.

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

the food was excellent and not too expensive.The choice of food excellent and the look of the cakes WOW!!! Quick and polite service.The ambiance and the music was also a lovely treat

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Long Bennington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A Friday night with my wife - a date to remember. The ambience is cool and intimate, brick walls, beamed ceilings and posters on the walls. Great genuine tapas and great jazz! This is not London but the music is top notch and matched by the service and the nosh. We are already booked for the next jazz night! !!

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newark on trent
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Attached to a very good bookshop this is a busy but peaceful place to eat and meet. The cakes and pastries are excellent and the light bite lunches are delicious. Helpful and smiling staff and plenty of newspapers to read

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Very busy not always able to get table but if you can a wonderful place to have coffee and food. The book shop attached is worth a visit.

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Newark, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Strays is the place that my daughter and I head for when we are in Newark and want lunch. The sandwiches are great with a wide variety and the cakes are wonderful as are the pleasant staff. It's not the cheapest and occasionally there is a little wait but we are hoping to make it again on Wednesday afternoon, when... More

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Peterborough
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

We visited for a quick drink but the cakes looked too nice to resist. Service was good and the seats nice and comfy. I initially thought the cakes were a bit pricey, until they arrived - the slices were enormous and very tasty! Will visit again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I cannot say enough good things about Stray's! Their "Nutty Norah" latte is the best coffee I have ever had the pleasure of tasting; while the food is a little pricier than many other cafés, you absolutely get your money's worth (the roast beef panini in particular is ridiculously good, and their homemade coleslaw has fully converted this longtime slaw-avoider!).... More

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MatShort, Owner at Stray's, responded to this review

Hi Dan S, wow! Thanks for your super review and I'm pleased you've noted the 'you get what you pay for' ethos that we adopt. It's great to hear too that you've Stray'd to the dark side and joined us for Tapas and even more so, to find out that we may have started you on a jazz journey! And... More

Newark, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Whilst I have always rated this café unfortunately on our visit today we were very disappointed. We ordered 2 ham and cheese paninis and 2 coffees total £15.50 ! OK if they were good, the coffee was bland and the Panini was not at all pleasant the ham was uncooked and stringing and not at all pleasant to eat. The... More

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MatShort, Owner at Stray's, responded to this review

Hi Jill C, I'm glad you've always rated our establishment and saddened that you feel unable to come again after an issue with your panini and coffee. I'm not sure what coffee you ordered as you haven't said but our coffee certainly isn't bland. We use a specific roast with a full flavour and if anything, it's a rather strong... More

Newark, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Strays is one of those places that the in-crowd frequent for the music, food and a great cup of coffee. The only problem i find is that the place is usually packed, which is great for the owners. I can never seem to get the seat i want. I suppose i should get up earlier.

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MatShort, Owner at Stray's, responded to this review

Hi Steve Watson, thanks for your review. I assume you'd have given us a higher score for our great coffee, music and food if we had more seats? The challenge we have is that we're up to 100 seats already and are running out of buildings to occupy! We are currently looking at adding to our seating area but if... More

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