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What to consider when choosing bowls and cups for your restaurant or hotel

In this guide, we help you choose the ideal bowls, cups and associated tableware for your restaurant, hotel or catering business.

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Advice when buying bowls, cups and related tableware

What tableware can be made of

Choosing bowls

Choosing cups, mugs and jugs

Advice when buying bowls, cups and related tableware

Here are some of the things you might need to think about when buying bowls, cups and other related tableware.

Are they made to last?

Can they:

  • withstand constant daily use?
  • handle the heat from ovens and serving passes?

How are they cleaned?

  • Are they dishwasher-safe?
  • Do they need to be washed by hand?

Are they the right size and shape?

Will they:

  • accommodate your portion sizes?
  • fit diners’ tables?
  • be comfortable for serving staff to carry?
  • fit your dishwasher and storage shelves?

Do they suit the style you’re going for?

  • Does how they look match your establishment’s ambiance and theme?
  • Will they help you present your food exactly how you want?
  • Are they timeless or will they soon become outdated?

Do they suit your budget?

  • Can you afford to buy higher-quality pieces (such as china)?
  • Sometimes there’s a long-term benefit in spending more initially, so do you have the funds for that outlay?

What tableware can be made of

While the look and style of tableware is a big consideration, perhaps more important is what material has been used to make it.

You’ll find tableware in materials such as porcelain, china, stoneware and enamel, and each material has its own pros and cons.

To learn more about the most common materials used to make tableware—and some of their features—click here

Choosing bowls

By material

Porcelain

Royal Genware Organic Bowl 12cm (Box of 6)

Also available:

Boxes of 12

Boxes of 6

Price: £19.79 (+ VAT)

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Terra Porcelain Round Bowl 11.5cm x 5.5cm (Box of 6)

Colours:

  • Aqua Blue
  • Grey (pictured)
  • Black
  • Matt Grey
  • Rustic Copper

Also available:

Price: £32.88 (+ VAT)

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Fine china

Anton Black Fine China Opera Bowl 15cm (Box of 6)

Price: £45.63 (+ VAT)

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Royal Genware Fine China Tapered Bowl 15cm x 8cm (Box of 6)

Also available:

Boxes of 24

Boxes of 12

Boxes of 6

Boxes of 4

Price: £31.21 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Enamel

Falcon Enamel Bowl Round 36cm

Also available:

Price: £13.82 (+ VAT)

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Melamine

Wildwood Melamine Bowl 25cm (Box of 6)

Colours:

  • Blue (pictured)
  • Green

Also available:

Price: £70.63 (+ VAT)

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By shape

Round

Royal Genware Round Bowl 16cm (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £26.72 (+ VAT)

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Anton Black Fine China Luna Round Bowl 40cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £25.06 (+ VAT)

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Coupe

Terra Porcelain Coupe Bowl 23cm x 6cm (Box of 6)

Colours:

  • Aqua Blue (pictured)
  • Grey
  • Black
  • Matt Grey
  • Rustic Copper

Also available:

Price: £67.32 (+ VAT)

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Anton Black Fine China Deep Coupe Bowl 30cm (Box of 6)

Price: £47.83 (+ VAT)

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Square

Royal Genware Fine China Square Bowl 13cm/45cl (Box of 4)

Also available:

Boxes of 6

Boxes of 4

Price: £10.74 (+ VAT)

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Royal Genware Rounded Square Bowl 17cm (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £29.99 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Oval/ellipse

Royal Genware Organic Oval Bowl 15.4cm x 12.8cm (Box of 6)

Also available:

Boxes of 12

Price: £15.10 (+ VAT)

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Royal Genware Ellipse Bowl 10.8cm (Box of 6)

Also available:

Boxes of 24

Price: £15.61 (+ VAT)

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Triangular

Royal Genware Organic Triangular Bowl 21cm x 19.8cm x 8.7cm (Box of 4)

Also available:

Boxes of 6

Price: £26.79 (+ VAT)

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Straight-sided

Anton Black Fine China Vento Straight Sided Bowl 8.5cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £15.51 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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By food

Rice

Royal Genware Rice Bowl 11cm (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £12.95 (+ VAT)

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Pure White Porcelain Rice Bowl 12.5cm (Box of 24)

Price: £21.24 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Royal Genware Fine China Rice Bowl 11cm (Box of 6)

Also available:

Boxes of 12

Boxes of 24

Price: £17.85 (+ VAT)

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Soup

Anton Black Fine China Nova Soup Bowl 25cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £19.37 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Royal Genware Un-lugged Soup Bowl 8.8oz (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £15.81 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Pure White Porcelain Rimmed Soup Bowl 22.5cm (Box of 24)

Price: £42.36 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Cereal

Anton Black Fine China Cereal/Oatmeal Bowl 15cm (Box of 6)

Price: £15.33 (+ VAT)

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Pure White Porcelain Oatmeal Bowl 15cm (Box of 24)

Price: £21.96 (+ VAT)

Customer reviews

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Melamine Oatmeal Bowl 15cm (Box of 12)

Price: £27.84 (+ VAT)

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Chips

Royal Genware Chip Bowl 12cm (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £15.61 (+ VAT)

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Salad

Pure White Porcelain Salad Bowl 12.5cm (Box of 36)

Price: £51.66 (+ VAT)

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Choosing cups, mugs and jugs

Cups

Coffee cups

Royal Genware Conical Coffee Cup 22cl (Box of 6)

Price: £15.30 (+ VAT)

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Pure White Porcelain Cappuccino Cup 23cl (Box of 24)

Also available:

Boxes of 36

Price: £25.56 (+ VAT)

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Royal Genware Bowl-Shaped Cappuccino Cup 40cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Use with:

Price: £14.89 (+ VAT)

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Teacups

Royal Genware Tea Cup 23cl (Box of 6)

Price: £12.95 (+ VAT)

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Stacking cups

Anton Black Fine China Stacking Cup 8.5cl (Box of 6)

Use with:

Price: £10.56 (+ VAT)

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Royal Genware Fine China Stacking Cup 20cl (Box of 12)

Use with:

Price: £28.76 (+ VAT)

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Other styles

Anton Black Fine China Deco V Shaped Cup 21cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £17.25 (+ VAT)

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Royal Genware Italian Style Cup 28cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £21.73 (+ VAT)

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Mugs

Coffee mugs

Royal Genware Coffee Mug 30cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £12.95 (+ VAT)

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Anton Black Fine China Deco Latte Mug 25cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £14.78 (+ VAT)

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Glass Latte Mug 8.5oz/24cl (Box of 12)

Price: £48.17 (+ VAT)

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Stacking mugs

Pure White Porcelain Stacking Mug 28cl (Box of 36)

Price: £38.34 (+ VAT)

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Royal Genware Stacking Mug 30cl/10oz (Box of 6)

Use with:

Price: £12.24 (+ VAT)

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Other styles

Royal Genware Straight Sided Mug 34cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £10.81 (+ VAT)

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Terra Porcelain Mug 32cl (Box of 6)

Colours:

  • Aqua Blue
  • Grey
  • Black
  • Matt Grey
  • Rustic Copper (pictured)

Price: £33.48 (+ VAT)

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Royal Genware Fine China Bullet Mug 30cl (Box of 6)

Price: £21.11 (+ VAT)

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Teapots, coffee pots and jugs

Teapots

Pure White Porcelain Teapot 82cl (Box of 12)

Also available:

Boxes of 12

Boxes of 6

Price: £61.38 (+ VAT)

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Royal Genware Teapot 45cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £30.09 (+ VAT)

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Coffee pots

Royal Genware Tea/Coffee Pot 15.84oz (Box of 6)

Also available:

Price: £56.00 (+ VAT)

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Anton Black Fine China Coffee Pot 60cl (Box of 6)

Price: £56.55 (+ VAT)

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Milk/cream jugs

Royal Genware Fine China Traditional Cream Jug (with handle) 13cl (Box of 6)

Also available:

Boxes of 4

Boxes of 12

Price: £11.53 (+ VAT)

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Pure White Porcelain Cream Jug 26cl (Box of 36)

Also available:

Price: £64.80 (+ VAT)

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2 April 2019

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