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The Balancing Eel

The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cod” (58 reviews)
“mushy peas” (21 reviews)
“fish n chips” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Fast food, British, Vegetarian Friendly
The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We chanced upon The Balancing Eel on a busy Sunday, when the places on the front were all full. While it is only a few yards away from the main drag there was plenty of room in the small but bright upstairs restaurant, while a...More

Thank adyandrach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited twice for fish and chips to takeaway. On both occasions the fish was cooked to order and the chips also tasted fresh. Portion size good and value wise pretty average cost considering it's St Ives. A little bit frustrating that they charge 5p for...More

Thank AJohnsonUk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for haddock and chips to eat out. I would give the fish 9/10 - good batter, flaky and very tasty fish. The chips get 7/10. The mushy peas were tasty as well. Definitely among the better fish and chip shops we have been...More

Thank MrSpatula
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice fish and chips. Not bad price. Good view from the first floor restaurant. Friendly smiling staff.

Thank BishopX41
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely fish and chips but can't get my head around how long it takes to be served, I know they want it to be fresh but if you have a big queue put loads of cod in the frier and chips 99% of people want...More

Thank glp77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great fish and chips, freshly cooked while you wait, big portions, would recommend, will be returning next time we are in st ives

Thank Graham W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My other half’s thinks this is the best chippie in the whole country? Might be the fact that you can sit overlooking St Ives harbour eating your fish and chips. Went on Tuesday, had to wait a bit while our fish was cooked but they...More

Thank Terri R
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Really good chips, fresh fish, quick service. We only had takeaway so can't comment on the restaurant but I would definitely use again.

Thank s0n0r0us
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited for lunch, excellent quality and value, I had cod and chips, the batter was light and crispy and so tasty, not sure if this makes a difference to anyone else but it was so good I didn't have ketchup at...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Sat inside for a chippy lunch as we didn't want to fight the seagulls for our dinner. We were the only ones inside - as the shop is set off the main drag (but clearly visible) people weren't visiting - more fool them. Lovely lightly...More

1  Thank Sandandseaforme
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Questions & Answers
22 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from BeelOwner | Property representative |
Hello there 'amberpop' and apologies for the delay first of all in responding to your enquiry. At the end of March our opening times will be 12.00 noon until 2.00pm and 5.00pm until 8.00pm. We look forward to welcoming... More
8 August 2016|
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Response from BeelOwner | Property representative |
Restaurant prices are slightly more; about £1.60 more for cod and chips. We are not licensed but currently offer a bring your own policy for beer, cider or wine - with no corkage charge.
Craig B
1 July 2016|
Response from James H |
Hi, staff member here. We don't have gluten free batter, but we have options for steamed fish or other alternatives.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  St Ives
  • Phone Number: 01736-79-67-92
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