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The Balancing Eel

The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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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11 - 20 of 494 reviews

Reviewed 31 March 2018 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 24 March 2018 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 23 March 2018 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
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

I came on a blustery, rainy, weekday evening in Jan and had the place to myself. In the summer I'm told there are queues down almost to the harbour front and I can see why. I doubt that many would say it wasn't worth the...More

1  Thank richardofyorks
Reviewed 6 February 2018

Noticed this tucked away place and decieded to try. The stairs up are pretty steep but there is a rail.Had a take away and a piping hot and cooked as ordered so we had to wait about 15 mins.Two others before us and looks like...More

1  Thank Humulus
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

So we were in St. Ives ford the New Year celebration and delighted to learn the the Balancing Eel was open for a few hours on New Years Day. A reassuring small queue kept us waiting for a few minutes before we placed our order...More

2  Thank Stewoo7
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

I have the fussiest eater of a daughter and this is her most favourite place to eat. We absolutely love the balancing eel. We have been numerous times over the last 6 years at different times in the year vWe usually eat in the restaurant...More

1  Thank Sarahbabs29
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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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