Welcome to Stray's Coffee...

Making the best coffee you'll have today, in Newark, Oakham and Stamford...

When the government response to Covid first took over our industry, we were advised not to accept cash payments. This occurred across the country from June 2020 until April 2021, when we re-opened for a full service, albeit with restrictions.

Since then, as we suspected from the offset, the science says that cashless payments are no safer than cash payments.

We do not dispute this. However, as a business, we have chosen to only accept card payments. This is purely commercial and has nothing to do with Covid. It is quicker, cleaner (honestly, coins are really dirty) and provides a more streamlined process commercially.

We appreciate that some of you will not want to pay by card and apologise if this causes concern or inconvenience for you.

Thank you for being on this ongoing journey with us and long may it continue!

Mat Short – Co-Founder of Stray’s Coffee

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Stray’s is a family-owned and run independent coffee shop, eatery and live jazz venue. Established in Newark on Trent in 2003 we now also have stores in Oakham and Stamford, with store number 4 coming in early Summer 2021…

We use our own sneaky blend of 3 different arabica and robusta coffee beans, ethically sourced from India, Brazil & Peru, to create an outstanding espresso – then our Baristas work their magic to prepare the best coffee you’ll have today..


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We’ve been making great coffee since 2003. Using our unique blend of three coffee beans, coffee is the bedrock of our business…

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Our food is made on site in our own kitchens, by trained staff using fresh ingredients. With our own pastry kitchens producing our own range of cakes, we’ve got lunch sewn up!

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We’ve been promoting live jazz since 2008, with our own House Band since 2019. Jazz happens on Friday nights at different stores…

Why Stray’s?

The difference between a good business and a great one, are it’s people. Our team is a collective with a common goal – to make you want to Stray’ again and again…


Busy, Busy, Busy...

We may not have been able to have any live jazz during lockdown, but Stray’s house band P.R.S. and their friends have been busy recording ‘The Remote Sessions’ for your listening enjoyment…

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