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16-20 Middlegate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1AJ, England
+44 1636 700597
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“tapas” (44 reviews)
“cake” (43 reviews)
“sandwiches” (16 reviews)
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16-20 Middlegate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1AJ, England
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

Visited today and ordered two coffees a cheese scone and a fruit scone.Coffee was good fruit scone was just dry so returned discreetly.Staff changed it for a piece of cake which was brought to our table we were then asked for the 40 pence difference...More

Thank bigcb13
Reviewed 12 November 2017

always very busy, you may not get a seat at times.good choice of coffees and cakes,nice snacks.staff polite and often smiles, they all count.try it.

Thank peter h
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Great food, nice atmosphere. Can get very busy , which means queing to put your order in. Allfood freshly made , prices vary to good value to a bit on the higher end.

Thank JEC53
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Having lived in Newark previously I visited strays regularly and filled my loyalty card with the required 8 beverages to gain my freebie to only have it rudely rejected by the obnoxious manager. On questioning why he was not going to honour this reward system,...More

3  Thank James W
Mat S, Owner at Stray's, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

I don't usually respond to reviews, but in this case I feel obliged to fill the facts. After unsuccessfully attempting to bully the server at the till, you spoke with me about wanting to use the card, despite already being made aware that the card...More

Reviewed 3 September 2017

A huge menu of cakes, sandwiches, mains and salads during the day, wine and jazz in the evening and a bookshop rolled into one. Food - especially cakes, salads and scones - are consistently good, although there is a more limited menu available on a...More

1  Thank frankkelly
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Very cool place in the middle of the town. Lots of choice for all, I went with their equivalent of a Flat White (forgot the name) and the Billionaire Shortbread. The coffee was fine and very strong so would only recommend for those serious caffeine...More

Thank Graeme W
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Held a private jazz and tapas party here for 65 guests for a 50th celebration and it was perfect! Couldn't have asked for a better evening, and very reasonably priced too. Venue meant that guests could mingle but then take a seat while food was...More

Thank _jackieaa1
Mat S, Owner at Stray's, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Hi Jackie, thanks for your review. I'm thrilled that you had a good time and will pass on your comments to the team. Regards Mat

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This place is usually really good but on this occasion I was so disappointed. The staff were rude and very complacent, we asked them to clear our table as it was dirty and they did this reluctantly. Really very poor service but the food was...More

Thank Jennifer Mary M
Reviewed 17 August 2017

When I meet my sister for lunch, Strays is where we go and usually the food is good. However, on this occasion, it was very poor. Had we not had so much to catch up on, we would have sent the food back but we...More

Thank 50Cas
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Strays has a uniqueness all of its own! If you can find your way through a bizarre and somewhat unintelligible blackboard menu, pay for what you chosen and then found a free seat in the maze of the building, you will have done well. The...More

Thank FWWB
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 12
Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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
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Family-owned and run coffee bar with a difference - serving 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. Live Jazz every Saturday from 3pm - no tickets - just get here early!
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