9 of the best butter dishes to spread style on your dinner table

Butter simply wouldn't melt when inside one of these gorgeous butter dishes. For a stylish affair come breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner...

Best butter dishes – Fortnum & Mason butter dish, Le Creuset orange butter dish and Garden Trading black butter dish
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Spread the style on thick with one of these best butter dishes. Whether it's hot toast, a warm scone or a sliced bagel, there are few baked goods that don't benefit from a generous layer of rich, creamy butter. But let's be frank: a tub of Lurpack doesn't look the best on your dinner table – in fact, it can often turn a stylish setting into a rather dull affair. 

Owning a butter dish also means that you can take your butter out of the fridge in slices or chunks, to keep it at room temperature. This way when it comes to spreading, you won't tear your bread. There's also the benefit that these luxury butter dishes will look the part on your dining table. Whether you're serving an English breakfast or it's for spreading on crusty bread to dip in soup for dinner.

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The best butter dishes for your table styling

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Fortnum’s Provisions Butter Dish

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1. Fortnum’s Provisions Butter Dish

Bring a touch of class to your kitchen and with Fortnum’s Provisions range. Made by artisans at Burleigh’s Middleport factory, the glazed earthware piece is decorated with a vintage-style illustration inspired by Fortnum's iconic Stilton jar. It's dishwasher safe, too.

Oliver Bonas Yellow Glass Butter Dish

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2. Oliver Bonas Yellow Glass Butter Dish

This retro-style butter dish ought to stand out on your dining table. With a ribbed effect design and the word 'Butter' inscribed on its lid, it's see-through so that you can easily see how much butter is remaining in the dish – and check if you need to add another slab. Made from soda lime glass, it's dishwasher safe although not suitable for the microwave. It kind of reminds us of a cremè caramel dessert.

Garden Trading Enamel Butter Dish

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3. Garden Trading Enamel Butter Dish

Made from Japanese Carbon Steel with a beech lid, the domed base of this butter dish allows it to work either way up, with the unvarnished beech top acting as a base or lid for the butter. It comes in your choice of charcoal or white and it's scratch-resistant. Just a note: it's not dishwasher safe or suitable for the microwave.

Le Creuset Stoneware Butter Dish in orange

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4. Le Creuset Stoneware Butter Dish

Need we really sell this one? It's stoneware therefore sturdy enough to go from the fridge to the microwave to soften butter – if required. Choose from the various colourways Le Creuset have on offer and use it frivolously – and rest assured – since it's chip-resistant. 

Broste Copenhagen Nordic Sea Stoneware Butter Dish

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5. Broste Copenhagen Nordic Sea Stoneware Butter Dish

Add a sense of calm to your kitchen with this heavyweight butter dish. It ought to keep your dining table looking fine – and divine. It's hand-finished in charming blues and greys, boasting a rounded shape and a handy yet heavy lid. Use it in the microwave and the dishwasher. 

Nook Melamine Butter Dish in pink

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6. Nook Melamine Butter Dish

Made from melamine, the classic butter dish has had a colourful painter splatter style update. Use it to add a touch of colour to your otherwise neutral dining table decor, and pop it in your dishwasher once you're finished. 

REcycled butter dish

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7. REcycled butter dish

Inject some Gallic charm with a traditional French style butter dish in recycled glass, embossed with 'BEURRE. To keep butter fresh and protected, but also for easy access, it's a perfect size.

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