VACANCY – Experienced floor staff

We are recruiting for a full-time permanent position to work in our busy coffee bar and eatery.

  • All successful candidates must demonstrate proven experience in the food/hospitality arena.
  • Good work ethic and service attitude essential
  • 35+ hours per week including a Saturday and/or Sunday
  • Previous experience with making artisan coffees is useful but not essential
  • Previous applicants need not apply
  • Persons wishing to seek employment for short-term (ie Summer) need not apply

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W/C 7/1/2017

Bestsellers for W/E 7th January

  1. Five Give Up the Booze by Enid Blyton
  2. His Bloody Project by Graeme MaCrae Burnet
  3. Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier
  4. Eye of The Beholder by Laura J. Snyder
  5. How to Think Like Bill Gates by Daniel Smith
  6. Solder Spy by Tom Marcus
  7. Soup by Vava Berry
  8. Miniature Garden Grower by RHS
  9. Glory and Honour by Andrea Thomas
  10. Mallorca by DK Eyewitness

Children’s Top 3

  1. Katy by Jacqueline Wilson
  2. We Are Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  3. Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

W/C 14/1/2017

Bestsellers for W/E 14th January

  1. The Big Four by Agatha Christie
  2. The Brewer of Preston by Andrea Camilleri
  3. Five Give Up the Booze by Enid Blyton
  4. The Garden Bird Book by Wildlife Trusts
  5. Go Figure by Tom Standage
  6. All Behind You Winston by Roger Hermiston
  7. Flying Scotsman by Andrew Roden
  8. Hong Kong by AA
  9. France by Cecil Jenkins
  10. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Children’s Top 3

  1. Didn’t We Have A Lovely Time by Michael Morpurgo
  2. Big Picture Book Outdoors by Usborne
  3. The Tale of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

Suggy’s Salad

[img src=”10211″ alt=” Suggy’s Salad at Stray’s of Newark” align=”center”]

Newark is home to many great things – not least ex-World Champion Kick Boxer Dean Sugden. Dean and the folks at the World renowned Suggy’s Gym are currently working hard with 2nd generation Sugden – namely Chad, in his journey to no.1 in professional boxing, after reaching world No.2 in professional KickBoxing.

For some years now, Dean, Chad, Regis and Bailey Sugden have been coming to Stray’s to eat. Stray’s Co-owner Mat got chatting with Dean and Chad who thought it would be great to have some nutritionally focused dishes on the menu.

“to come up with a tasty but healthy re-fuel option to eat on a heavy training day but also a clean but tasty meal that you could enjoy when you may not be training quite so hard…”
Chad Sugden

The result is two new salad dishes, put together by Chad’s Nutritionist Bobby Madge of GoodFit Nutrition and Consultant Chef Warren Jones.

“to be able to eat clean and enjoy not just the food but the atmosphere – that’s why we discussed these great new dishes with Stray’s. When you are training clients and don’t have a lot of time, Stray’s always present you with fresh & quality food, really quickly, even when they’re busy…”
Dean Sugden


A salad of cucumber, tomato, lettuce, mixed peppers, spring onion, chives and a boiled egg. Topped with your choice of either Marinated Chicken breast or Salmon in honey, lemon and oil dressing.


Daytime Menu


Our full menu is below, or click the menu image (above) to read it as a booklet…

During busy periods we recommend you secure a table before placing your order at the counter. As soon as your order is ready, we bring it to your table.

Drinks and hot food are served as soon as they’re ready to ensure quality. Sometimes, during busy periods your food and drinks may be brought out separately.

All our FairTrade, Triple Certified coffees are prepared using full-fat (chubby) milk. If you’d prefer half fat, ‘skinny’ milk or soya, please let us know when you order at the counter. Teas are served with half-fat milk or lemon, as directed by you again, when you order.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you place your order – if we can accommodate you – we will!

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Stray’s Work Ethos

If you’ve never visited Stray’s, you’re missing out – Not just because of our great coffee, cakes etc but because you won’t meet the great people that make up our truly dynamic team…

What makes our team work so well?

Partly it’s because the owners work in the business, so from the get-go, there’s no theoretical management – it’s all real stuff.

Then, there’s the characteristics we look for in a person – self-motivation; the ability to focus on the task at hand; a keen eye for detail and above all else, the desire to genuinely care about people and look after them.

We don’t just look for previous experience as a must-have. We believe in hiring nice people and teaching any new skills required as we go along – that’s why none of our Baristas have had any previous experience. That way, Mat knows he can start fresh and pull out real potential and nurture it within the team.

That said, experience is also very useful – After 16 years and almost 1,000,000 coffees later, there’s not much Mat can’t tell you about how to make the best coffee possible! All our supervisors have proven themselves and worked their way up their respective ladders!

This is not meant to be a guide to what to write in your CV – rather to let you know that we hire nice people and train them to do all the other stuff, as we don’t believe you can train people to be nice in the first place!

Successful players in the team at Stray’s demonstrate their desire to put customers before themselves – the nature of our business means by definition, it’s often tough work with high pressure. But the rewards are big too. Not least, the fact that 75% of our business is from repeat customers who’ve made coming to Stray’s part of their day. Our staff take pride in their work and are committed to delivering consistent service to everyone in the building.

So before you put pen to paper to paper, please remember that team Stray’s can only accept new members who strive to be the best – anything else, just wouldn’t be right.

Coffee Bar Gallery

Here’s where I post pics taken from the coffee bar. It might be a beautiful latte, espresso extraction or it could be a new cake. Whatever it is, I hope they’re interesting and give you a flavour of Stray’s coffee (excuse the pun)…



Variety is the spice of life

There are many places where you can order a coffee and the results can be wide ranging – from brilliant, to average or even awful…

Coffee has always been the bedrock of our business and we’ve become known for consistent results. Our favoured bias is towards flavour and strength – we use a high quality blend, unique to us and we also like to serve our coffee in hot cups!

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Barista Training Session – Sept 2012

As our business grows, so too does the need to make consistently good coffee, regardless of who is making it on any given day.

So last week saw another or our in-house barista training sessions with four of our up and coming coffee ninjas!

Mia, Vicky, Amy and Becky all attended, with a view to getting their ‘coffee wings’ to start making coffee at Stray’s. The session lasted two hours and after a little coffee theory and history, we got down to the ‘nitty-gritty’ of making the coffees. Continue reading “Barista Training Session – Sept 2012”

Why Choose Stray’s?

We’re fanatical about coffee (amongst other things!) but over the last few years, you may have noticed our humble little coffee bar (OK it was little back in 2004) has become a bit of a hub for other things too…

When we asked some of the folks in our team ‘Why do our customers choose Stray’s’ we were surprised by some of the answers and thought we’d share them. But then, being the caffeine-driven creative that I am, it led me to ask the same question of you, our customers.

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