At the Bentley Case is Altered two specific local meanings for the phrase “The Case Is Altered” have evolved:
1. Legend has it that the pub was once held by a genial landlady who was not too fussy about payment for beer, but when she got married, the case was altered.
2. The original pub stood further down the lane but to attract passing trade, a nearby house was taken over and altered to become the present day pub. During extensive alterations, evidence of bricked up doors and windows was uncovered that could account for this story.
There are rumours that our Case was built in 1736 – making it contemporary with John Constable, the famous local landscape painter!
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