Currently owned by Punch Taverns but empty and on the market, having closed in March 2013. A group of villagers are organising in an effort to buy the pub and keep it safe. See thecasepubbentley.co.uk.
Attractive two bar pub in idyllic village location. One bar, seating area for meals, pool table and pub games played in central bar. Disabled toilet.
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".
(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).