HIDDEN DEPTHS: 9 OF THE BEST MODERN BUTLER SINKS

This kitchen classic is piled high with function and style

When you’ve a large baking tray or casserole dish to soak, few sinks can handle the job like a Butler sink can.

Pleasingly roomy and timelessly stylish, these stalwarts of the kitchen have more than a little flavour of below-stairs about them but modern materials and thoughtful design touches have brought them bang up to date. This means they’re just as at home in a contemporary scheme as they are in a classic one, while remaining deceptively practical.

You’ll find these big-hearted beauties referred to as Belfast, Butler and Farmhouse (the difference being that Belfast designs usually have a weir overflow and can often be deeper, while Farmhouse sinks can have slimmer walls), their appeal remains the same.

Add one to your kitchen wishlist and style it up to suit – choose reclaimed timber worktops and a burnished brass faucet for the ultimate in rough luxe or sleek composite surfaces and a chrome monobloc tap for a wet area that’s sure to turn heads.

While material choices now range from stone to steel and even timber, the classic option for a Butler sink is Fireclay ceramic – glossy, usually crisp white (though sometimes black) and robust. For those worried about delicate glasses and dinnerware coming into contact with the base and breaking, take a tip out of the butler’s handbook – simply lay a tea towel inside on the bottom while you’re washing up to soften any impact.

Busy kitchens will benefit from a double-bowled model (for example, you can soak your pans in one while the other can be used for washing and prepping veg) but a good-sized single bowl should do the trick for most households. Make sure there’s an overflow if you’re keen to avoid overfilling and spills, and if your chosen model doesn’t have a tap hole, remember to leave room behind for it.

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