The official launch of Tapas y Stray's, Newark's newest restaurant and live music venue, was a resounding success. I was sad to have missed what was a fabulous evening but I have been reliably told that the ambience and food was fizzing. After being greeted with a refreshing flute of Cava, 80 guests sampled a dozen mouthwatering bite-sized pinchos and, with the help of a smooth Rioja, chatted late into the evening with Tapas y Stray's management team, to some chilled live jazz from Organik Trio.
Tapas y Stray's Manager, Mat Short took time to refelect: "What a wonderful evening. Everyone's enjoying the food, wine, music, atmosphere and each other's company - and that's how we see Tapas, 'conversation with food', a relaxed sociable way of eating out. The feedback we're getting is fantastic."
Chef Steve Durham was also delighted with the support from so many specialist suppliers, local food producers, business partners, regular customers and fellow foodies who had gathered from all over, including Leicestershire-based chilli grower and radio personality Ady Dayman, Andrew Hind from Newark's renowned family Butcher's Sibley's, Flavours of Spain's Ana Gomez, Geoff Norris of Spanish Select Wines and food expert Teresa Bovey.
"I'm particularly excited because numerous guests with a lot of experience loved the food and told me that we have something really special here," said Steve.
Wishing Mat, Steve and team all the success they so plainly deserve; Tapas y Strays is indeed a culinary gem in the heart of Newark, (corner of Middlegate and Boar Lane) Nottinghamshire.