cracking style: 8 of the best egg cups

Whether you go for an Old Cotswold Legbar, a Leghorn White or a Burford Brown, your organic, free-range eggs deserve a fitting cup to be served in.

Our edited choice features a suitable pecking order of award-winning designs, handmade ceramics, classic styles and characters that will make you smile. All in all, it's a selection that will enable you to make the most important meal of the day the most enjoyable one too.

There are egg cups with space for soldiers, those that double up as candle holders or pinch pots and there's even one with an aristocratic cloche, if you truly want to breakfast like a king.

So read on and feather your own nest with the best of the roost.

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Roost, £28, Adam Goodrum for Alessi at john lewis

Roost, £28, Adam Goodrum for Alessi at john lewis

This award winning egg cup is made up of two parts which fit together to form a whole. Once the two parts have been separated, they can contain 1 or 2 eggs and the design of the interior provides three housings to offer a safe hold for different sized eggs.

Nordic Sea, £4, Broste Copenhagen at nordic nest

Nordic Sea, £4, Broste Copenhagen at nordic nest

This design is inspired by a stormy day at the shore and handmade from glazed stoneware resulting in a unique rustic feel.

Everyday in Grey, £18, Emma Lacey at The Conran Shop

Everyday in Grey, £18, Emma Lacey at The Conran Shop

Designed by North London-based ceramicist Emma Lacey and hand-thrown in the UK using a fine stoneware clay, the egg cup is subtly dented while the clay is still soft, lending the piece an ergonomic feature that makes them easy and enjoyable to hold.

Frida, £18, Katch Ceramics

Frida, £18, Katch Ceramics

Hand made, painted and fired in West Yorkshire, these charming egg cups can also be used as salt and pepper pots, candle holders and more.

Legio Nova, £20, Eva Solo at Forma House

Legio Nova, £20, Eva Solo at Forma House

Eva Trio Legio Nova is a reinterpretation of the classic Eva Trio Legio porcelain tableware designed by Ole Palsby. The all-in-one design has space for salt, pepper, egg shells, a teaspoon and maybe even a soldier or two.

Audley silver domed single, £35, Soho Home

Audley silver domed single, £35, Soho Home

Turn breakfast into an aristocratic affair with this charming silver-plated brass domed egg cup. Not just a grand gesture the dome will keep eggs warmer for longer.

Zebra, £11.50, Quail Ceramics at Audenza

Zebra, £11.50, Quail Ceramics at Audenza

A zebra egg cup is a sure way to bring a fun touch to your kitchen table

Blue Elements, £48 for two, Royal Copenhagen

Blue Elements, £48 for two, Royal Copenhagen

With an elegant flower motif, these egg cups from Rörstrand's Blue Elements series are a classic choice for the breakfast table.