Sunday, January 4

Southwold, Suffolk

This week I was lucky enough to welcome 2015 with some of my favourite people in a rather stunning place.

One of my old school friends has a holiday home in Suffolk, right on the seafront in beautiful Southwold. At the sheer mention of a reunion, 9 of us eagerly hopped in a car for a bit of a mini break.

We were welcomed with bluebird skies and beautiful weather.
What a view out of her sitting room window, ey?!

Wrapped up tight in wellies and warm coats, we headed off for a walk along the beach front in search of the harbour and some pub grub.

The wooden sea huts were adorable, multicoloured, and lined the sea front with their shadows.

I was rather jealous of a couple of girls who arrived the day before; they woke up in the morning and had steaming mugs of tea in their pyjamas in Hannah's bright blue hut, just watching the waves. What a great way to start a morning.

We wandered along the harbour front in the darkening light until we reached the Anchor at Walberswick. Hannah guaranteed from her multiple past trips that it's epic food and warm, wooden décor was worth a visit.

Jenny and Hattie ordered the towering burgers that had us all drooling from across the table, whilst most of us ordered their salmon and cod fishcake with creamy leeks and a big bowl of fluffy chips.

You can't go to the seaside and not have fresh fish after all.

The Anchor served really great food and the staff were a hoot (they gave us a bunch of Christmas crackers for a laugh), and I'd happily recommend it.

With bulging stomachs, we set out across the marshy flats, smashing the ice with our wellies as we went.

 The rest of the evening was spent getting dolled up, making an epic three course meal, and getting rather loose on gallons of prosecco. Just before midnight, we skipped outside to watch the fireworks organised all along the beach. It was crowded with merry families and friends, all cheering in the new year together.

Such a great atmosphere to welcome 2015!

The celebrations continued late until the very early hours of the morning where we finally collapsed in our beds.

After being woken up by crowing gulls rather earlier than I'd hoped, (which wasn't a strong point about being next to the sea), a large dose of caffeine was needed. Since the weather was a bit grimmer than the day before, we snuggled up on the sofas with coffee and watched the sea from the warmness of the house.

After an epic brunch cooked by Jenny and myself, we packed up our belongings and set back off to the countryside. It was a great evening and a brilliant way to ring in the new year. Sorry I couldn't get more photos but I was too busy with the gals to properly get into 'blogging mode'.

Did anyone else do anything special for New Year? Or even have any resolutions that you've already broken?


  1. This is my dream New Years! One of my best friends also has a house in Southwold and it is just gorgeous isn't it?!

    & Happy New Year to you Emily!


  2. This looks like a wonderful way to see in the New Year - a lovely location and plenty of good friends! Your photos are beautiful just as they are, no need to spend a relaxing time in blogging mode at all. I always forget what the UK coastline actually has to offer!

    Jennifer x
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  3. This sounds like the perfect New Years, we always say we'll do something special like this but every NYE we end up sat in front of the TV in our PJs and then in bed before midnight.

    I originate from Norfolk so know Southwold well, it was a little bit of a drive, but well worth the effort - beautiful!

    Chloe x

  4. This looks like the perfect New Year - we always mean to get a group and go away but stuff gets booked up so easily and it's hard to organise everyone! We went to a friend's house party, which was super fun but didn't lead to a proactive start on January 1st! x

  5. What a wonderful way to bring in the new year! xxx

  6. What a beautiful way to welcome in the New Year. Sounds gorgeous Emily. Can't believe how stunningly blue the sky is!

    You look lovely too!

    Katie <3


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