They might be more of a traditional kitchen item than a worktop essential – but that doesn’t mean that a butter dish can’t enhance your cooking area or dining space! If you’re going to take the plunge then you might as well go for something a bit more interesting than an orthodox white ceramic number, so to help you we’ve picked out our five favourite butter dishes, ready to brighten up your kitchen and house (some of) your dairy at the same time.
Melamine Ship Shape Butter Dishes – £40, Alessi
Easily recognisable as an Alessi objet, thanks to its bright colour as well as the sense of fun it conveys, Ship Shape is a butter dish designed by Stefano Giovannoni. Made from sturdy melamine, it has a translucent yellow base and a solid yellow top: and a white palette knife (with stainless steel blade), for spreading your butter, sticks out of the ship’s ‘funnels’ at the top! This witty piece is also available in an attractive green colour.
Butter Dish in Cassis – £21.60 (was £27), Le Creuset
If you’re a fan of the French cookware specialists – and who isn’t? – then you’ll recognise this shade not as purple but as cassis! The Le Creuset butter dish may not be dishwasher or microwave-safe, but it’s still hugely popular and made from quality stoneware and will match perfectly with everything else in the range – from your pans to your roasting dish! It’s also available in all of the other well-known colours in the range (ours is in volcanic!).
Painted Amaryllis Butter Dish – £18, Anthropologie
We’re so happy to see the homeware brand Anthropologie land its eclectic but always interesting wares at John Lewis and this painted Amaryllis butter dish is no exception. Painted in a bold floral design – in shades of red, green, yellow, black, blue and pink – it’s made from a dishwasher and microwave-safe stoneware (take that, Le Creuset!) and is part of an exquisite range that includes a matching rolling pin and cheese board.
Stir It Up Butter Dish – £12.99, Robert Dyas
Never mistake your butter for anything else ever again! This Stir it Up butter dish from Robert Dyas is made from a cream-coloured ceramic and is clearly labelled on the side in a distinctive black font. A classic wooden lid – in the same pleasing oblong shape as the base – sits on top, making this a smart addition to the company’s range which includes containers for sugar and tea as well as teapots and aprons.
Glass Butter Dish – £11, Dunelm
Sometimes simple is best – and this clear glass butter dish is extremely practical thanks to its transparency, which means you can see how much spread you’ve got left, as well as the state it’s in! This heavy piece of kitchenware also has an inner section large enough to contain a whole block of butter, eliminating mess. At just a shade over a tenner, it’s a real bargain, too!