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The Balancing Eel

The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“cod” (44 reviews)
“mushy peas” (16 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, British, Fast food, Vegetarian Friendly
The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
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11 - 20 of 433 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last day of our holiday and walked in to the (already busy) restaurant. Staff were superb, courteous, patient and polite despite being run off their feet. Was shown to a table and we ordered our favourite meals - a seafood platter and lemon sole for...More

1  Thank redgreybiker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went here on 2 occasions for take away fish and chips and was served quickly and the food was good .

1  Thank ainsleydd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went in there to have a sit down meal and received shirty and rude staff and cold food I would not recommend this for fish and chips or anything for that matter ! .

Thank Verity L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Honestly the best fish and chips you will get, cooked fresh to order, served by a fun and energetic team. We go here every year during our visits to St Ives, twice if we can manage it!

1  Thank sambob26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cooked fish and chips to order and how i wanted it...., friendly staff and excellent location to where we were on the beach.... great quality food but just watch out for the seagulls!!!

1  Thank Karl R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our favourite Fish and Chip shop in St Ives, I have eaten in the restaurant once (due to bad weather) but we normally take away and enjoy them on the beach. Everything is cooked really fresh and the portions are a really decent...More

1  Thank Jenna C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommended by a local trader we enjoyed the meal at the Eel.. Classic upstairs dining area, functional and non pretentious.. Food was hot and tasty, we both had the mixed platter. Very good and filling. Also allow you to take in own alcoholic drinks with...More

1  Thank PeterPerkins
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited St Ives this July and just had to have fish and chips on the beach. We decided to try the balancing eel and so glad we did as these were easily the best fish and chips I have ever tasted. The chips were...More

1  Thank Cajswansea1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service was very good however the batter from my fish was stuck to the paper and soggy. Given the outstanding reviews I was expecting much better.

Thank sallysaxo69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visit here whenever in St Ives. Great food and service. No frills but not needed. Love that can take own wine/beer without charge. Keep up the fab work guys.

1  Thank Whitfield_fam
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Questions & Answers
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
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
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
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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