A Sudbury pub has been described as the core of the community by owner Greene King, which is applying for planning permission to make changes.
The Bury St Edmunds-based pub group says that, nationally, seven pubs are closing each day, but The North Street Tavern in Sudbury is bucking that trend by maintaining its popularity.
The company wants to fit a metal staircase to the back of the building and install lighting for a fire escape.
In its planning application, Greene King states: “The availability of take-home drink from supermarkets and off-licences and takeaways, together with increasing fixed costs and increased tax on beer, has accelerated pub closures – some seven public houses are closing each day.
“Due to its generally well-maintained historic character and its good management, The North Street Tavern has, to date, maintained it popularity.
“The Tavern, as a community pub, is a core facility within the community.”