Freshening up the dining table


Beautiful tableware from Faye Toogood

We’ve just had a few days down on the Dorset coast, which has left me pining for coastal living again.

Given I live in the Midlands and about as far away from the sea as you can get in the UK, then I am going to have build sea cues into my day to day life, which is why I love these ceramics from Faye Toogood, stocked at Brassica Mercantile in Beaminster, and online. I feel new tableware coming on!

Whilst the range is called Indigo Rain, it makes me think of the sea on a stormy day. I love that these pieces are quite bold, without being overly chunky, and that there is everything there you need, including good size serving bowls. To me, every good tableware design should come with serving bowls.

These will work brilliantly as we get into dazzling spring and summer seasonal foods. Just imagine piles of berries in here, or a colourful salad.

Brassica Mercantile is always worth keeping an eye on, I love their curated selection of lovely things, not just tableware.

Of course, if you’re lucky enough to be in Beaminster, then take some time to go and browse in the shop, then pop next door to the restaurant. They’re open for elevenses, lunch and dinner, so if you can get a table, then do it. Our dinner there was one of my best meals of recent years, and I would go back like a shot next time I’m in the area.

Otherwise, the website is up and running and they can deliver lovely things to your door. Just not with a side order of a good lunch.


Go on, every table deserves something new and lovely for spring, ready for great outdoor lunches ahead. Here’s hoping the weather continues to warm up and we have sunny days ahead. And if not, this tableware will work just as well with some warming soup!