The Rose and Crown, Halstead
This pub in the middle of a small village does chunky ploughman’s lunches and baguettes.
Diversion time: 10 minutes each way
Come off the motorway, up the slip road, and follow the spur road to the roundabout. Take the first exit off the roundabout and follow the road to another roundabout. Take the third exit and follow the road until a crossroads; the pub is on the left.