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16-20 Middlegate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1AJ, England
+44 1636 700597
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“tapas” (44 reviews)
“cake” (36 reviews)
“sandwiches” (18 reviews)
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16-20 Middlegate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1AJ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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

Thank James W
Mat S, Owner at Stray's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

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 weeks ago

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

Thank frankkelly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Visited here last week for lunch and had sandwiches and drinks. It is a mixture of rooms so it was a case of hunt for a table. Place orders at the counter. Staff were friendly and polite. Food was fresh and tasty but lacked a...More

Thank Thelma A
Reviewed 1 July 2017

£12.50 for two panninis seemed reasonable until they arrived! Bacon was sparse and under cooked seemed more boiled than grilled. Panninis weren't toasted or warm, brie? where? no side salad but half a bag of crisps between the two of us.(fine if your five). Nice...More

1  Thank 78notimpressed
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Visited here last week and wasn't disappointed, so many places in Newark to eat and drink but this one certainly holds it's own. Had the posh cheese on toast which was really tasty and just enough to fill up on at lunch time. Great service...More

Thank Lucy W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 11
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 18:30
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 4pm - no tickets - just get here early!
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