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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%
Travellers talk about
“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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Reviewed 21 May 2017 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
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We were visiting St Ives and decided to have lunch we chose the Balancing Eel as the prices were cheaper than the other restaurants around. I had Cod and chips and my wife had the Sea food platter. The Cod was good but the sea...More

1  Thank CardiffTravler
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Had one haddock and chips, price £6.80 fish very small and badly cooked chips also very poor. Maybe I was unlucky - noticed that they're advertising for staff!

Thank TealBreeze
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Best place for a takeaway fish and chips and you know where and when the fish was caught and can see it being prepared and cooked

1  Thank jonessnt
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Ate lunch here last week - cod was nicely cooked with crispy batter but the chips were limp - great shame.

Thank LBMK55
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We were staying round here for a couple of days, after reading on here good reviews we decided to try. Oh dear!!! On arrival the fish & chips looked lovely, but once they started to go cold the chips went soggy as did the fish...More

Thank DobbyDerbys
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

We ate here by recommendation, and we were not disappointed. These are seriously the best fish n chips we've ever had. There is a takeaway counter but we chose to eat in, they don't serve alcohol but you can bring your own if you like....More

1  Thank Gingerdavefanclub
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We had the sea food platter with a curry sauce(mmmmm) and mushy peas We struggled to finish it all but it was amazing food The staff were very friendly and quick service

1  Thank Klallam
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We always go back to the Balancing Eel when in St Ives. The food is well cooked and tasty - as well as being in huge portions. Staff are extremely friendly and the whole place is clean and welcoming.

2  Thank teacherWorcs
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Really tasty, fresh food served by friendly staff in great surroundings. We always eat here when we're at St Ives and it never disappoints. Cod and chips, hake with a vast and varied salad was quickly served, rattling up in the dumb waiter from the...More

2  Thank Lind L
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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.
23 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
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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