10 of the best tea towels made in Britain

It’s hard to beat a crisp, beautifully designed new tea towel when it comes to finding easy ways to add interest to your kitchen. We thought we’d share our favourites with you, all of them beautifully made in Britain and available to buy in our Shop now >>

1 Hope Cove Mackerel Tea Towel by Nigel Turner, £12



It’s the beautiful original watercolour by Nigel that makes this lovely tea towel stand out from the crowd. An artist who has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Nigel’s inspiration for his range of printed kitchen textiles and accessories came from holidays spent in Cornwall. We just love this.


2 N16 Church Street Shops Tea Towel by Oscar Francis, £12


We love the way Oscar Francis takes ordinary ‘pattern architecture’ and makes it into something beautiful. The pretty colours of this Church Street design and all the slightly different shop fronts makes this a winning design for us. Just lovely.


3 Root Vegetables Tea Towel, by Witshop, £10.50


This fab tea towel is designed with the aesthetics of a traditional scientific poster, combined with a modern graphic quality and combines on-trend yellow with earthy root veg sketches. Each towel is silk screen printed using environmentally friendly water based inks onto a lovely unbleached 100% cotton towel. They are printed and stitched in Yorkshire. What’s not to love?


She Awaited Help with the Dishes Tea Towel, £9 by Heather Alstead


This tea towel makes the perfect present for girlfriends, wives or friends and family (or even just for yourself), great for hinting to any knight in shining armour that it wouldn’t go amiss if he also helped clear up…! Each tea towel is 100% made and screen printed in Lincolnshire from beautiful, crisp premium pure cotton. We love the graphic print, in Heather’s unmistakeable style.


5 Blue Boat Tea Towel by Claire Smail, £8.50


We first came across Claire’s designs at her degree show in 2010 and were blown away. Claire hand draws, paints and embroiders directly onto fabric to create the original designs for her pieces which are then printed onto fabric. We love the unique way Claire designs and how fresh and contemporary this tea towel looks in situ.


6 Range Cooker Towel, in black by Inchyra £13.50



Chic, utilitarian and at home in the most contemporary or traditional of kitchens, this is a great kitchen towel. Made in Scotland by Inchyra from best quality 100% soft cotton towelling and edged in matching gingham, this towel is designed to attach to the rails of any range cooker from an AGA to an electric range cooker. No more endlessly picking up the tea towel that has fallen from the rail to the floor… How have you managed without one?


7 Quince Tea Towel by Teresa Green, £11


Teresa’s designs are quirky and inspired by her love of kitchenalia – particularly ‘ladle-shaped spoons, apple ladders and elongated watering cans…’ We just love them, and the fact that all Teresa’s textiles are hand-printed in her studio in Devon, using natural, UK sourced materials.


8 Red Boat make your own Tea Towel set by Claire Smail, £8.50



What’s so great about this little number is that you get to make it yourself by following the simple instructions either sewing by hand or machine. This means it costs less and you get to feel a sense of achievement. Another great, nautical design by Claire, who prints from her hand-drawn, painted and embroidered designs. A great gift for anyone who likes to get crafty as it comes in a lovely presentation box.


9 Red Oscar Linen Union Tea Towel by Lumme, £10


We love this modern twist on a traditional linen glass cloth, with the addition of a row of nine adorable little cats. The crisp white linen union and ruby red panel are a great combination.


10 Fish Tea Towel by Witshop, £10.50


Individually silk screen printed using environmentally friendly water based inks, we love the lovely unbleached 100% cotton of this tea towel and the graphic lines of the design. A different take on the coastal vibe. We love.


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