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The Balancing Eel

The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“cod” (43 reviews)
“mushy peas” (16 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Fast food, British, Vegetarian Friendly
The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
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Reviews (402)
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1 - 10 of 402 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We went back a year after our last visit, and this place was as good as ever - just very, very English. Lovely staff, great plaice and chips (and a bit of salad, for form). However, I have a question - why is the hygiene...More

Thank HeleneX
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Locally caught fish and proper chips (not frozen). Even had strawberries and other fruit in the salad. Well ventilated (it was 29 deg outside) and sea views. The service was excellent and the price reasonable. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Phil T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As we had the dog with us we opted for take away fish and chips . The food is very reasonably priced and the portion sizes are excellent . The chips were very tasty and not too greasy. The fish was really tasty and in...More

Thank chilax_2009
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of steps in order to get table service, but well worth the climb. The battered dipped and deep fried cod with large cut chips was such a treat after trying less appetizing renditions at other nearby eateries. Everything served quickly, hot and crispy from...More

Thank mayortony
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted a traditional fish and chips dinner close to the harbour and found this was the nearest. We 'ate in' in the cafe upstairs. The food was luke warm after its journey upstairs in the dumb waiter and the chips were soggy and a...More

1  Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in for some takeaway fish and chips and we had some lovely food! The fish was really hot and flaky and the chips nice and chunky! Would recommend to anyone but make sure you get takeaway and sit on the same with your...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were recommended to this restaurant as we've only had lousy fish and chips wherever we've been. What a pleasant surprise! You won't get better than this in Cornwall so if you like good crunchy chips and well made battered fish then this is the...More

1  Thank Roslyn35
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My nephew and i visited and was very impressed ...decently priced yet delicious food and i would say their chips are the best in st ives. Was so impressed booked to visit again in a few days time. My dan gives it a big thumbs...More

Thank Laura H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you ever find yourself in St Ives, Cornwall you will also find many places selling food. Coffee shops and pasty outlets all over the place. However, if you want good honest food that's not over priced and freshly cooked to order then take yourselves...More

1  Thank Ian K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got a takeaway fish and chips from here during our stay in st ives. The cod was delicious and tasted very fresh, nice thick bit of fish. Chips were good and they were quite quick although there was a small queue.

1  Thank Beckyboop_13
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
We are coming to St Ives week commencing 25th March, what will your opening times be then, day and night-time thank you.
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
What are the prices in the restaurant like compared to take away? Is it licensed? Thanks in advance
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.
Craig B
Do you do gluten free batter?
2 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
Child-friendly, Kids, 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
  • E-mail
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