The British weather just loves to surprise us, and although we’re hoping for a late burst of warm days as we move fully into the autumn, there have been several grey days when we just want to curl up with a cup of tea, preferably in a nice, bright, colourful mug.
Here’s our pick of the top mugs for chilly autumn days.
1. Elephant parade mug, Cambridge Imprint
If anything can lift your spirits it should be these orange and pink elephants! This half pint creamware mug is manufactured in Stoke on Trent and decorated with a print by artisan producers and printers Cambridge Imprint. £13.50, available from Berry Red.
2. Woodstock mug, Clare Loves
This design is certainly ‘chirpy’! The retro ‘Woodstock’ pattern is available in sunny yellow or teal, and has been screen printed onto bone china before being glazed and kiln fired. Made in Britain from bone china, dishwasher safe. £12 from Clare Loves.
3. The Modern Home chairs mug, The Oak Room
This porcelain mug is great fun for style lovers, featuring a colourful, retro design of four iconic chairs. Designed in Britain, it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. £8.49 from The Oak Room.
4. Unikko mug in red, Marimekko
Guaranteed to cheer you up, this lovely mug is printed with Marimekko’s signature design first seen in 1964. The simple poppy flower design brings a splash of colour to your breakfast table and a smile to your face. £16 from Cloudberry Living.
5. Billie mug, Cath Kidston
A classic by popular designer Cath Kidston, this Billie mug is a welcome addition to any style of kitchen. Made from fine bone china, it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. £6.50 from Daisy Park.
6. Chunky Lulu mug, Festin Coquin
Forget Britain – let’s imagine we’re in Provence with this chunky pottery mug, hand painted and hand crafted in Provence in the workshops of Festin Coquin near Avignon. Microwave and dishwasher safe, it costs £14.50 from Boutique Provencale.
7. Set of two POP latte mugs with spoons, Sagaform
Ideal for tea or coffee with a friend, this pair of mugs with spoons from Swedish design group Sagaform has a design by Ann-Carrin Wictorsson, the creative name behind a number of well known Scandinavian products for the home. It costs £22 for the set from the Scandinavian Shop.
8. Origami mug in red, Alison Appleton
These bone china origami mugs are inspired by Japanese geometric design but made and fired here in the UK. Dishwasher and microwave safe, they cost £10 from Alison Appleton.
9. Dachshund mug, Milly Green
Nothing says ‘happy’ like a pink dachshund! Bearing the words ‘determined dachshund’ inside the rim, this fine bone china mug is hand decorated in the UK and makes a lovely gift for a dog lover. £10.99 from Milly Green.
10. Poppy mug, Poundland
Cheap and cheerful, this poppy-printed china mug is ideal for cheering up a kitchen on a budget. At this price, if the sun does decide to come out, you can take your cup of tea into the garden without worrying too much. £1, see the Poundland website for stockists.