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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” (50 reviews)
“fish n chips” (12 reviews)
“mushy peas” (18 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 462 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our second visit to St Ives and we thought we'd try this chippy, having been unimpressed by the Harbour last time. The restaurant is small and cosy, and we couldn't fault the welcome from the young gent who showed us our table. Mrs Welsh had...More

Thank welshbloomm
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The service was good but the food wasn't. The lemon sole arrived covered in a thick fatty batter, the subtle flavour of the fish lost. Servings of chips were small, the salad was less than bland with the odd addition of canned pineapple. The only...More

Thank DIannah L
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We were on a day trip to st ives and fancied something to eat. We saw your reviews on TripAdvisor and tried your restaurant. Ordered the food. The service was fast and polite. The food was the best fish and chips we've had. When it...More

Thank wongmrchinw
Reviewed 13 September 2017

If you want good fish and chips then this the place in St Ives, even though there is a long wait it is well worth it. You could sit in the restaurant where you can bring your own booze with no corkage.

Thank rhill52052014
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We eat in on our first night arriving in st Ives £37 for 4 fish and chips and two mushy peas. Not cheap but not expensive. The chips were not great like warm and been sitting in the bay marine the fish was plump and...More

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed our most recent visit. Have been coming here for more years than we can remember. Staff attentive. Average sized portions. For freshly made food it arrived quickly.

Thank foodinnit
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We've been coming to the Balancing Eel for over 10 years. Up until 2 years ago the fish and chips were amazing, up there with the best I've eaten. For the past couple of years the chips just haven't been the same. They're not bad,...More

Thank JamScone1
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We've tried many but this is always the best, as demonstrated by the big queues in peak periods. You can't get better fish and chips in St Ives.

Thank StephenKnight100
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Good price, service and food. Ages 11 to 69 all happy. It us a bring your own service if you wan alcohol.

Thank Crojan
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Can't believe some of the reviews I've seen for this place! Fish and chips were amazing - and the portions were great! I'm a gluttonous pig and a haddock and chips with mushy peas filled me right up! Lovely staff and fairly quick service considering...More

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22 January 2017|
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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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