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 pub is expected to reopen in time for easter.
Shares can still be purchased by completing an application form (see their website www.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).