16-20 Middlegate, Newark NG24 1AJ
t: 01636 700 597

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MON—FRI: 9pm–5pm
SAT: 9am - 5.30pm
SUN: 11am - 4pm

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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.

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The folks behind the business…

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

Managing Director Jane Oldfield is ‘Mum’ and is almost retired! Co-owners Liz Mack (Daughter) and Mat Short (Son) are here pretty much every day of the week, referring to Jane as ‘sis’ when in public!

In the coffee bar,  our top team consists of Graham, our senior barista and longest-standing member of the team. Trish & Lizzie run food prep and cake production.

Our coffee team continues with Vicky (Vik Star), Sarah, Sophie L (Tubbs!), Frankie, Ian (Captain Potwash), Debbie, Juma, Dora, Chloe and Helena.

Then there’s Karen, Carol  and Debbie (with her other hat on) in the bookshop.

The team at Stray’s

Exceptional people in an exceptional business…


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.


The longest-serving member of the Stray’s team, ‘Daddy G’ manages the coffee side of things – he’s intrinsically part of what makes Stray’s different…


‘Lady Tubbington’ manages the floor at Stray’s – dealing face-to-face with customers every day. Erm, she may well be mad!


‘VickStar’ works mainly in the servery team. Trained by Mat, she works as a barista, or is equally at home prepping cakes.


‘Brogy’ works in the servery team, mainly taking orders at the till and managing customer expectations before they get seated.


Our often-unseen hero ‘Captain Potwash’ makes sure our cups, saucers, plates and cutlery are all clean – and done quickly! Ian also supervises our stores.


One of the youngest members of our team, ‘Frankiki’ works at lightning speed on the floor and in the dishwash. Currently studying at Uni, look out for a blur during academic holidays and that’ll be Frankie, back with us!


‘Debbeh’ shares her week between the bookshop and coffee bar. In both arenas, she’s always got a warm smile and great sense of humour – the sort of person who, if they told you to ‘go to hell’, you’d look forward to the journey!


One of our newest recruits and youngest person in Team Stray’s is Dora, who works with the floor team on Saturdays.


‘Top knot’ Ben works in both the servery and floor teams. A bit of a mixed bag, Ben is as happy making coffee as he is serving it at your table.


Helena is Miss Sunshine! Her smiles and gentle manner make her a delight to work with and be served by.


‘Shenno’ joined team Stray’s during summer 2017. Having worked in various ‘coffee establishments’ Chloe is now working with the real deal here at Stray’s!


Ellen is our newest recruit. Very efficient and good fun, Ellen will be going to Uni in 2018 to study journalism – hope she writes about Stray’s one day when she’s famous!