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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%
Travellers talk about
“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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1 - 10 of 431 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had the sea food platter which was cooked fresh and really well and came with fresh salad. The meal was a great size for someone who is hungry from a day at the beach. Excellent value for money, we left feeling very full and...More

Thank kwlly91
Reviewed 4 days ago

The haddock was very nice and so was it's batter, however, chips were too greasy and the wait was rather too long

Thank Neslon123
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There was a que, The Fish and Chips from here are as good as any chip shop in the UK. What more is there to say?

1  Thank Mark P
Reviewed 5 days ago

This review refers to the takeaway side of the business. Access to this place is via a very steep set of stairs - only to be expected given it's location, and not an issue for us but it might be for others. We were among...More

1  Thank Abi C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quick, professional, fresh, light, crisp, well-cooked, perfect. And eaten outside in the sunshine for tea. Thank you.

1  Thank Fraser M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I just absolutely loved the fish and chips here. Soft, flaky cod with crispy batter and fabulous chips with curry sauce. The BYOB option meant that this meal was extremely reasonably priced and we ate it in a relaxed, welcoming setting. Our cabbie on the...More

1  Thank Lauren P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We first visited this fish and chip shop/restaurant 20 years ago and it is still going strong and as popular as ever. We have always sat in the restaurant but this time with a new furry member of the family, our Lab puppy, decided to...More

1  Thank Gilters123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Proper fish and chips, fast and good service, light and breezy setting plus a good view. Great value too.

1  Thank WooferTheDog
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
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Questions & Answers
23 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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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