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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have been coming to st Ives for a number of years now and this is the best “plaice” we have found for a quick fish and chip supper - thoroughly recommended

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Yet again another lovely fish and chips. Also had a cheeky curry sauce as I couldn’t decide between the two. It did not disappoint. I personally find this the best in st ives as I have had others and they have not been good.

Thank leeroy777
Reviewed 5 days ago

Eat in here last week - very simple bench seating in restaurant, not the most comfortable - staff were very friendly. It a little bit retro/old school but nice and and clean. Food was piping hot, great chips - batter on fish wasn't to my...More

Thank wacajc
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have not been for about five years but it was just as we remembered it all cooked fresh and very good quality we will be back next time we are in St Ives

Thank Katherine W
Reviewed 6 days ago

All freshly cooked, good service, friendly staff,clean premises, fairly priced. Would certsinly go back.

Thank SharonC31
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited St Ives today and wanted fish and chips as I was at the sea side. Went for the first time to the Balancing Eel. It's a small restaurant upstairs on a side street. Takeaway fish shop downstairs but upstairs was lovely. The staff...More

Thank Folkiemarje
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on Saturday 5th May. The fish and chips were really good. You can tell that they are fresh chips

Thank Kurtis R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sat inside to eat.Very nice waitress and friendly.Food was ok.Worth a visit if in the area.Quite nice views from the upstairs restaurant.

1  Thank flyinghigh1000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called one very wet evening. Upstairs restaurant with very attentive service. Ordered chicken and salad for a change. The chicken was a bit dry and crispy. The salad was awesome - anyone who likes salad then be prepared!!! Think the fish would have been a...More

Thank Steve T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had take away fish chips peas. Absolute bargain at high quality produce, recycled packaging and more than enough to eat

Thank justin c
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Sarah W
21 May 2018|
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Response from MellWard | Reviewed this property |
I have no dietary issues so cant answer your question . I can say the portions were small for the money paid
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
9 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.
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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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