A buyer's guide to crockery

Whether moving house or wanting to breathe new life into your dining room, it’s important you realise the value these dining room necessities can bring your home or restaurant. Choosing the right dining room necessities is the finishing touch to turn your area into a focal point; turn a mundane and practical thing into a statement. Our Buyer’s Guide to Crockery will take you through the things you need to think about when it comes to buying your dining room necessities, so you’ve got the practical and stylish products for any dinner, any time.

We all know there are dining room necessities every house and restaurant needs, but what are they specifically?
Your dining room necessities include everything from dinner plates, side plates, and serving plates, to cereal bowls, pasta bowls, dessert bowls and serving bowls – the things you would first thing of. But it also includes everything from salt ‘n’ pepper shakers to tea pots and sugar bowls and even jugs. All the necessary things you could think of needing while eating a meal.

When buying crockery sets it can be a bit daunting as there are so many size sets available, how many sets do I need? Do I need spares? Most often sets will be designed with 4 or 6 people in mind, but then vary on what they include. Some will simply include a dinner plate, side plate, and bowl, while others will be more comprehensive and include a dinner plate, dessert plate, pasta bowl, cereal bowl, and mug.
The size crockery set you need will depend how many you usually serve food for and how often you will need extras (how often do you entertain?).


Porcelain is a great option for your dining room necessities; being fired at high temperatures it is a very tough and resilient material ideal for demanding settings. The high temperature also creates a smooth, glass-like surface which is most often microwave and dishwasher safe, as well as food safe. It creates a sleek and stylish look that is ideal for fine dining.


Dining room necessities that are curated from earthenware are not heated to as high a temperature as porcelain not as durable and resistant, but this makes them greatly affordable and great options for every day and casual dining. Earthenware dishes give off a rustic appeal but are most commonly decorated more intricately than other materials.

Bone China

Bone china is perfect for fine dining with its delicate look but hard-wearing structure. Crockery made from bone china is a type of porcelain that is composed with a minimum of 30% bone, making that extra bit resilient and chip resistant. It is also non-porous and regarded as one of the safest materials.


Glass dining room necessities are a very stylish and add a modern touch to homes and restaurants; they can come translucent or opaque (usually white) and are most often dishwasher and microwave safe. It is well-known that glass is non-porous as well as highly durable.

Occasional & Fine Dining

For those every now and then occasions and events for fine dining, for example, Sunday dinner with the family or special meals, we all want to have a nice dining set we can whip out and impress guests with. Bone china and porcelain are great options for this with their delicate aesthetic yet high quality and durable build.

Every Day & Casual

When buying every day and casual dining room necessities you need crockery you can trust and rely on. It should be budget friendly, as no one can prevent accidents and you don’t know how often you’ll need to be buying replacements, but it needs to be of a certain high quality and durability, in most cases dishwasher and microwave safe for day-to-day convenience.

When selecting your dining room necessities, you’ll have to decide on a style, what do you want it to look like? What will suit your décor?


Opting for neutral or plain crockery is a great idea for your dining room necessities because they will blend with any décor and can most often be used for all occasions. They can be dressed up with table decorations or left plain and simple for every day, casual dining.

Mix & Match

Will you opt for a mix and match set? Does the idea of showcasing various colours and a variety of patterns sound like you? It will certainly make it easier if you need to buy replacement crockery, or extras.


If you’re one to make a statement, or your dining room is quite neutral, perhaps bold crockery sets are what you’re looking for; plenty of colour and pattern. If this is the case, hand printed crockery is something to look at!

Top Tips

- Take measurements of your cupboards before you start looking for your dining room necessities; you don’t want to fall in love with a crockery set only to find out it doesn’t fit in your cupboard!

- Always double check your crockery before using them in the microwave, dish washer and freezer; usually they will say on the bottom if they are safe or not.

- If your dining room necessities will be easily breakable, be prepared to keep them out of the way and out of reach from children.

- Don’t stack your fine dining sets, either stand them up in a cabinet or have layers of fabric between each dish.

- Think before you buy – is it practical for what I want it for?

Nicola Spring Hand Printed Floral Pasta Bowls – Set of 6

Inspired by traditional Japanese print design, this bowls set is the ultimate companion for your decadent pasta dishes, making what could be functional and bland into a true staple. These are made from porcelain so will last you a life time with their robust and durable design that is full vitrified, and both microwave and dishwasher safe.

Only £28.99

Argon Tableware White Cereal Bowls – Set of 6

If you’re searching for a more minimalist design, these cereal bowls are a best seller with their classic white design that’s the perfect staple in any environment and on any occasion. Part of a complete dinnerware collection, if a matching set is what you’re looking for these are for you.

Only £13.49

Argon Tableware White Cappuccino Cups & Saucers Set – 6 Sets

Matching the cereal bowls above, these cappuccino cups & saucers will bring you your favourite brew in style, whether your casual morning caffeine kick or glamorous Sunday afternoon tea with friends.

Only £12.99

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