Today, we are pub and restaurant that puts our customers first. It is our primary goal to provide everybody who visits our historic pub with an exemplary time. In order to achieve our primary goal, we have developed three core principles that every member of our excellent team follow.
Originally The Canary and Linnet started out as a The Chequers in separate premises in Beeston Road, with the first landlord John Jarvis running the pub from 1795. For almost 2oo years The Chequers served Great Fransham as a public house until its license was changed premises.
In 1954, Morgan’s Brewery applied for the license to be changed, despite protestations by Fransham Parish Council. Eventually, a compromise was reached by ensuring toilets were installed. This was to become The Canary and Linnet in the building we see today. It’s name originates from the fact the pub is halfway between Kings Lynn and Norwich and when the two football teams played each other the away fans frequented the pub on their journeys to and from the match so the nicknames of each club, The Canaries (Norwich) and The Linnets (Kings Lynn) forming the name.
Since then The Canary and Linnet has seen landlords come and go, with its most recent owners being Mark and Tia safeguarding its future as a central hub for the local community.
To bring service together we rely on each and everyone of out team members who play an integral part in making The Canary and Linnet the fantastic pub it is today.
Mark is married to Tia. They have 4 sons'. Before Mark chose to become Landlord/owner he was a London Paramedic so has been a complete career change
Tia is married to Mark and they have 4 sons'. Tia, the same as Mark had a career change but has happily chosen to be Landlady/owner of the Canary and Linnet
Here is Norman, our chef of over 30 years experience. A wonderful chef of many talents especially making cheesecakes. Norman will hate having his photo on the website. Though he can be a typical grumpy chef, he has a wicked sense of humour so won't mind :)
Lisa is a very valuable part of the team. Lisa will always greet you with her warm smile and you know you will be looked after
Katie is our longest serving staff, infact, thankfully we inherited Katie. She has been an asset especially at the start of our journey. Katie is quiet but always has a big smile to greet you.
Luke is number 3 son who from day one has helped Norman in the kitchen. He has learnt many skills from Norman and a natural waiter.
Phoebe is a valid member of our team. Hard working and always ready to greet you with a big smile
Jay is a big part of team. you will be greeted with a cheeky smile from Jay
Harrison is number 4 son. He is a waiter in the making. Currently helps with washing up, making drinks for staff . looking after our dog and general running around
Ann-Marie is a only works a shift with us but purely because she has another full time job as an orthodontist nurse. Ann-Marie loves being a waitress and loves our customers so you will always be made to feel welcome and at home
Chris is number 1 son. Chris is a web developer by trade and designed and built our websites as well as our bespoke POS system in his free time. He also designs our menus and develops our marketing campaigns.
Sean is number 2 son and helps with washing up or collecting glasses when he is up visiting. He will be 18 this year and looking forward to training to work behind the bar.