The Tuck Box Dolores St./Ocean Ave., (831) 624-6365. B-L daily; $. No reservations. No cards.
Featuring fairy-tale architecture and verily reeking of quaintness, this tiny English-style tearoom can often be quite difficult to get seated in. Additional seating is available on a tiny outdoor patio. The breakfast menu offers egg items and hot oats as well as unusual and delicious spongy scones (they’re more like English muffins) with a choice of homemade olallieberry preserves or exceptional orange marmalade—all made in house. At lunch, sandwiches, salads, and omelettes are available along with Welsh rarebit. Afternoon tea service stops at 2:30 p.m. and is limited to scones and hot English tea.
|exterior of The Tuck Box restaurant in Carmel, California|
|interior of The Tuck Box restaurant in Carmel, California|
|scones and tea at The Tuck Box restaurant in Carmel, California|
Across the street, tiny Picadilly Park, which is dominated by a California live oak tree, invites relaxing contemplation with its benches, flower garden, and water features.
|Picadilly Park in Carmel, California|
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