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Bentley Case is Altered

Real Ale

Capel Rd, IP9 2DW

01473 805575

grid reference TM 108 369

opened 1777

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bar / diner

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opening hours:

  • Thursday-Saturday 18:00-23:30
  • Sundays 12:00-14:30
  • Bank holidays:
  • Sunday 18:00 - 23:30
  • Monday 12:00 - 14:30
(Times last updated 28/04/2014)

regular real ales

Adnams Southwold and Broadside, with a guest beer

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Local licensing authority for Bentley is Babergh
last updated 16/03/2015

An attractive two bar pub in an idyllic village location. One bar serving three drinking areas, including a snug, garden room, and with plenty of seating in the pretty beer garden. No TV; traditional pub games available. Local artists' work on display.

Reopened April 18th 2014. Initially, opening hours will be limited but it's hoped they will be extended soon.

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."

Shares can still be purchased by completing an application form (see their website www.thecasepubbentley.co.uk)

Local legend gives this explanation for the unusual name:

In the days when the pub was just called "the Case", it was run by a woman who let her customers pay when they wanted to, or even not at all. But when she married, the house policy was tightened up, so it was said that, "The Case is altered".

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

dogs-welcome Dogs are welcome

children-welcome Children are welcome

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

Bus stop Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)

station 3.6 miles away Railway station about 3.6 miles away (see public transport tab for details)

free WiFi Free WiFi

Car park Car park

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


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).