Bentley Case is Altered
Bentley Case is Altered
South West, 51.99113,1.06963
Real Ale is sold here.
Capel Rd, IP9 2DW
grid reference TM 108 369
bar / diner, opened 1777
owner/operator: Bentley Community Pub Limited / local community
A local community owned and run pub.
The single bar serves two drinking areas. There is also plenty of seating in the pretty beer garden.
Various music evenings and themed food nights but no TV. Traditional pub games are available including darts, cards and dominoes. Quiz every month (last Saturday).
Local artists' work is on display. There's a wood-burning stove in the restaurant area. Some of the produce used in the kitchen is now being grown by the local community in their own garden.
Nearby (on some of the pub land) a new build local community shop is being run as a separate entity to provide basic groceries for the village.
The pub holds the Cask Marque Award for serving great quality real ale and has a toilet accessible to disabled customers.…
- Accessible to disabled customers
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Dogs welcome
- Evening meals: Not Sun
- Family friendly
- Live music
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Pub sells beer from local brewers
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Traditional pub games available
- Village shop or similar facility on-site
- WiFi available: free.
Railway station about 3.6 miles away (see transport links for details)
Nearest railway station
The pub can be seen on this old OS map from about 1902 interactive map)
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on May 9th in 1857 states the "Auction of the Case is Altered, Bentley, occupied by Mr Wm. WARD."
In January 2014 the Bentley Community Pub Ltd was delighted to announce that they have agreed to purchase the freehold of the Case is Altered from Punch Taverns, subject to contract and subject to approval from the Punch board. In a recent statement they said:
"Our heartfelt thanks go to all our investors from Bentley and beyond, as well as our many supporters who have provided practical assistance. Without them none of this would have been possible. Our next steps are to complete the sale as soon as possible, and to finalise our detailed plans for repairs and refurbishment."…
The phrase "Case is Altered" was first used by an Elizabethan lawyer, Edmund Plowden and referred to new evidence in a legal case. Later Ben Johnson - an Elizabethan playright - also used it as a name for a comedy (written before 1599).
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)