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The Balancing Eel

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The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Paid a visit while on a cheeky weekend trip to St Ives with my Mom. Sat in the restaurant, both had fish & chips - was not disappointed. Best we have had in a very long time! Will be back in the summer when we are down with the rest of the family!

1 Thank SallyBingBong
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staggered from The Sloop up the slope to the bustling Balancing Eel joining a queue of other post rugby viewers. Amazingly efficient and friendly staff coped fantastically with the flood tide of wanna-be diners. Haddock, chips, mushy peas and onion rings x2. Excellent. Will be back.

1 Thank MinstrelCyclist
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Others make the claim of having the best fish and chips but they cannot compete with the balancing eel! We always make sure we visit and are never disappointed. The fish is local and tasty and the chips are never greasy, just great!

1 Thank Rach123P
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been using this place for years - never been disappointed. If you are a Vegetarian they do a tasty veggie burger - a large bun and the burger topped with salad and mayonnaise. Cod is perfect - watch out for the seagulls if taking to eat outside.

2 Thank Pete T
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had delicious fish and chips from here once again. The cod, haddock and scampi were all perfectly cooked. Great service and extremely friendly staff.

2 Thank Nick W
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Lunch time visit, staff friendly and efficient. Cod was quite simply delicious, large fresh flakes in a nice batter. Chips good too, makes my local chip shop in bucks look very average.

2 Thank Artierufkin
Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Had cod n chips and a salad takeaway... really lovely food, the fish was succulent and tasty, a very generous portion of chips and the salad was really really nice! Highly recommend this fish n chips. The service was very friendly...

3 Thank Tina H
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

ALL FRESHLY COOKED TO ORDER! Delicious, went down a treat with all of us. Friendly staff and a car park.

3 Thank J N
London, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Great fish and chips and very friendly staff. Comfortable tables, some overlooking the harbour. Take away service available too.

3 Thank Kim B
Manchester, England, Uk.
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80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately I can't agree with the other reviews. £6.50 for take out fish and chips. Tasty chips, but soggy battered, slightly uncooked cod. Not great. I've tasted better, locally, in Manchester!

1 Thank worldtraveltoday

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Fast food, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?