About Us

Meet the folks who make up team Stray’s →

“If only I could guarantee to get a great coffee, every day at work…”

That was the simple request which stirred the passion in Stray’s co-founder Mat, back in the very early noughties…

Stray’s is a family-owned and run business in the heart of historic Newark on Trent.

Originally a pet and grain store, Stray’s has been a well-known site in Newark for a long time. Now, it houses one of the busiest and most highly regarded businesses in town.

Our ethos is to provide top quality food and drink at fair prices. We are passionate about coffee, good food and great jazz. We’re partial to a good read too.

With enough seating to look after over 100 people, Stray’s is a small business at heart but we are constantly on the move. 2013 saw the end of the first year in our newly refurbished premises, when we purchased our final building, No.16 Middlegate.

Our unique coffee bar, eatery, jazz haven & bookshop rambles across no’s 16-20 Middlegate and round the corner into the cottages along Boar Lane.

The folks behind the business…

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Everyone on the team makes Stray’s what it is.

Co-owners Liz Mack and Mat Short are also siblings (Mat is slightly older – we know, he doesn’t look it) and they are here pretty much every day of the week.

In the coffee bar,  our top team consists of Graham, our senior barista and longest-standing member of the team. Working alongside Graham is Ben, our second barista, both under the scrutiny of Mat’s Barista eyes.

Liz runs food prep with Jackie & Bev and is single-handedly responsible for making every single slice of cake eaten at Stray’s (we think that’s pretty awesome too).

Our coffee team continues with Floor supervisor Jan, Sarah – Barista no.3,  Ian (Captain Potwash), Helena, Becky and Katie.

Saturdays see the addition of one of two Ruby’s (yeah, we get confused too) and/or Evie.

Then there’s Karen and Carol  in the bookshop.

Mat works with Graham, ensuring the coffee offer stays it’s best. Mat also implements new systems and does the majority of the companies marketing.

Lizzie oversees the food side of the business and also makes the majority of the cakes we sell.

Graham, ‘Daddy G’ is our senior barista and longest-standing member of the team. Perfect coffee is his thing…

Sarah works on the floor and behind the servery and has been known to crack the whip with the floor team on occasion! Currently is in training as a Barista.

Bev works behind the scenes in our downstairs kitchens. In charge of the food prep, Bev seems to keep her calm when all around her, may be losing theirs!

You may not see Ian on the floor much, but he’s the man who ensures the cup you’re drinking from is as shiny as can be! In charge of stores and dishwashing, Ian is also know as Captain Potwash!

Ben came to us with the specific intention of becoming a competent barista. He’s doing that and beginning to carve himself a niche in the superb team of baristas here!

Just Jan is our floor supervisor. Always smiling, she keeps the floor team on their toes and sets the pace at Stray’s!

Always smiling and/or laughing, every day is a blast when Becky is on the floor…

Helena works the on the floor, dishwash and in the servery – although not all at the same time!

‘Happy K’ joined us as a quiet, shy girl. We’re not quite sure what has happened, but she’s full of beans, has an amazing work ethic and a wonderful table manner.

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