Bentley Case is Altered
Bentley Case is Altered
We plan to reopen the garden of the Case for drinks from the first weekend after the 12th April, which will be 16 – 18 April.
Our opening times for this weekend will be:
Friday 16th: 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 17th: 5pm – 9pm
Sunday 18th: 12 – 2pm.
Subsequently we will be opening on Friday and Saturday evenings 6-9 pm and Sundays 12-2pm but will be looking to expand these hours as Covid restrictions are relaxed and the weather improves.
Please note that we will also be open for off-licence sales during all these times, no need to telephone.
The reason for opening slightly earlier on Saturday 17 April is that this will be our 7th anniversary as a Community pub! In order to celebrate this we have invited Dolly’s Pizza Van back to the Case from 5pm – 8pm so for that evening we will be opening a little earlier and you will be able to enjoy a drink or two while eating your pizza. Dolly’s pizzas are very popular so to avoid disappointment and overcrowding in the car park you will need to pre-order. Gluten free pizzas are available but these must be ordered at least one day before as there is limited availability. Please ring 07856 070 123 to place your order or go to Dolly’s Pizza Van (food Stall) on Facebook to see their menu.
Real Ale is sold here.
Capel Rd, IP9 2DW
grid reference TM 108 369
bar / diner, opened 1777
owner/operator: local community/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)