spreading style: 9 of the best butter dishes

Hot toast, warm scones or chunky doorstop bread, there are few baked goods that don't benefit from a generous layer of rich, creamy butter.

But keep it in the fridge and it's impossible to spread. Leave it out and you end up with messy worktops. The answer? One of these stylish butter dishes.

With one of these on the counter, not only will your butter of choice be kept at room temperature, so it's ideal for spreading anytime you want it, you'll bring a charming, welcoming touch to your kitchen.

Styles range from classic stoneware such as the pretty pink piece from Le Creuset to all out elegance with the domed glass number from Villeroy & Boch. Falling somewhere in between on the style chart, we love the witty Whale from Jonathan Adler - what else from our favourite potter? There's rustic Gallic charm from RE and Pollock-style paint splashes at Nook, while Fortnum's butter dish is stamped with a crest that will lend a regal quality to your table.

Those at Daylesford and Garden Trading Company are both simple, modern designs with the handy option to use the top as a base or lid, for extra versatility while Georg Jensen's offering is sculptural and serene, much as you'd expect from this established Danish design company.

So pour yourself a cuppa, sit back and ponder..

 

Fortnum’s provisions butter dish, £65, Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum’s provisions butter dish, £65, Fortnum & Mason

Bring a touch of class to your kitchen 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.

Butter dish with wood lid, £20, garden Trading Company

Butter dish with wood lid, £20, garden Trading Company

Made from vitreous enamel 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.

hasker large butter dish, £27, Daylesford

hasker large butter dish, £27, Daylesford

Charmingly simple, this glazed stoneware butter dish will sit discreetly on your countertop.

Cobra butter dish, £45, georg Jensen

Cobra butter dish, £45, georg Jensen

Made from crisp white porcelain, this butter dish lends contemporary style to a classic table setting.

Menagerie Whale butter dish, £68, Jonathan Adler

Menagerie Whale butter dish, £68, Jonathan Adler

From their Menagerie collection, is this charming character from Jonathan Adler which will bring a whale of fun to teatime.

stoneware butter dish, £30, Le Creuset

This stoneware butter dish is sturdy enough to go from the fridge to the microwave to soften butter if required.

stoneware butter dish, £30, Le Creuset

This stoneware butter dish is sturdy enough to go from the fridge to the microwave to soften butter if required.

Melamine butter dish, £14, nook

Melamine butter dish, £14, nook

Made from melamine, the classic butter dish has had a colourful painter splatter style update.

REcycled butter dish, £6.50, RE

REcycled butter dish, £6.50, RE

Inject some Gallic charm with a traditional French style butter dish in recycled glass, embossed 'BEURRE', to keep butter fresh and protected.

Retro Accessories butter dish, £21.90, Villeroy & Boch

Retro Accessories butter dish, £21.90, Villeroy & Boch

This gorgeous domed glass number oozes elegance.