Go big with these bold and beautiful butler sinks

butler sinks

The timeless butler sink is ideal for upgrading your kitchen and boosting its practicality factor.

Dating back to 17th century London, the butler sink was originally made from fireclay, without an overflow, and it was used for various tasks, such as preparing food or washing clothes. Also known as Belfast or farmhouse, it is now available in a wide range of materials, from marble to concrete, sizes and styles. For example, some of the latest solutions are adorned with fluting – yes, please!

dark blue kitchen with marble worktop, brass tap and fluted double butler sink
English bridalwear designer Kate Halfpenny’s kitchen features the Ribchester 1000 sink, £1,373, Shaws, and the Polished Brass Ionian mixer and rinse, £1,065.72, Perrin & Rowe. Photography: Issy Croker.

With plenty of space to wash fruits, vegetables or dishes, this sink is ideal for family living or a keen host. But keep in mind that you can’t simply fit a butler sink into your existing cabinetry, so it’s best to consider purchasing one at the planning stage of your new kitchen or utility room. Its charming apron front dictates the type of unit you can have underneath, so it’s a good idea to chat with your designer. Click here for more butler sink buying tips.

classic blue kitchen with white washbowl, brass taps, statement range cooker and open shelving
Victoria Magrath‘s kitchen, complete with a classic butler sink, is embellished with brass hardware by Armac Martin.

Which option is the right one for your kitchen?

Start by thinking about the type of kitchen style you want to achieve. Do you want a traditional look or a more modern aesthetic? The classic white, ceramic butler sink oozes rustic charm, so it complements a farmhouse scheme best. However, if you love the industrial look or prefer a glamorous twist, why not opt for sleek stainless steel, veiny marble, shiny gold or cool concrete?

farmhouse kitchen design painted in grey with veiny marble worktops and matching butler sink with fluted front
Tuscan farmhouse Arabescato marble sink, from £2,720, Devol. Photography: Our Food Stories.

In terms of sizing, you can choose a deep, single bowl or a large double sink, depending on the size of your kitchen and your needs. With a grand design, washing large pots and pans is no longer a struggle.

Now that we’ve got some practicalities out of the way, are you ready to explore some of our favourite butler sinks? Scroll down to get inspired…

blue utility room with cupboards, washing up area and bottle storage
Signature Bespoke shaker utility room by Searle & Taylor with cabinetry in Blue Vein by Paint & Paper Library. The Belfast sink is by Caple. Utility rooms start from £25,000. Photography: Paul Craig.
sage green kitchen with chrome tap and white sink
Classic shaker kitchen in Little Greene‘s Putti 292 by Higham Furniture. Kitchens start from £35,000.

Statement butler sinks

gold kitchen sink
Butler sink in Brushed Brass with overflow, £718.99, ABI Interiors.
marble kitchen sink
R.W. Atlas Stone apron bar sink with centre drain in Arabescato, £2,979, Waterworks.
stainless steel washbowl for kitchens
Belfast sink in stainless steel, £649, Abode.
concrete kitchen sink
The Poured Project Concrete butler sink, £999, Bilden
Black washbowl for kitchens
Grange fire-clay ceramic Belfast sink in matt black, £482, Rangemaster

Timeless designs

White fluted butler sink
Barley fluted apron-front sink, from £509, Whitebirk Sink Company.
white single bowl sink
VBK 710 White ceramic single bowl sink, £611, Franke.
large white sink with fluted front
Fireclay single-bowl fluted front butler sink 79.5cm x 50cm with overflow in white, £223, Balterley
single bowl with overflow and drain
Belfast sink, £308, Blanco.
large double bowl kitchen sink
White double bowl fireclay 49 x 80 x 22 cm, £359, CDA

Enjoyed this post? Click here to find your perfect kitchen tap

About Post Author

You Might Also Like


Want to get involved?

[email protected]

Sign up to our newsletter

Want the latest in your inbox?