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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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here last week he had been here many times as a young boy so wanted to revisit. The fish and chips along with the curry sauce was nothing other than delicious! As you enter it's a normal take away...More

1  Thank lynnie_dude
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to the Balancing Eel for over 30 years, every time we come on holiday to St. Ives & they never fail to please wether it's in the restaurant or take away, always delicious.

1  Thank Margaret M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Reasonably priced. Fish lovely. Definitely recommend and return. Everything piping hot. There was 4 of us probably wouldn't want as many chips as we were all full and threw them away but I know some would eat every last little bit.

1  Thank Sarahann H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent fish n chips, the fish is consistently, perfectly fried & best quality. We've had the cod, the plaice & the haddock, all faultless. Chips are good; pea fritters, which I never heard of before, were a revelation! Delicious! Service is fast, efficient, great teamwork,...More

1  Thank Linda N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Made the mistake of not booking a restaurant on one of our nights staying in St Ives. We tried to get in at a few of the places we like which were rammed full and with people being turned away. We thought we would give...More

2  Thank rayreadon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the 4th year running we have visited the balancing eel. We used the upstairs restaurant and I had the mixed platter well worth the money and again the best fish and chips around

1  Thank Jim M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A friendly restaurant that serves both fish and meat dishes and much to my delight Jam Sponge Pudding with Custard. We enjoyed our meal here and found the service excellent

1  Thank Carol C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

All freshly cooked and tasted amazing , I had. Fish cake and it was best I've ever had -full of fish and seasoning ! We all recommend 😊

1  Thank Andrea C
Reviewed July 18, 2017

Takeaway fish and chips were lovely , also the steak puddings . Good service . Reasonable prices . .you can also eat in .

1  Thank SusanDussold
Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

We visited one evening 5 adults and 2 children. The food is lovely the kids loved their boxes and lollies upon leaving. I ordered jumbo sausage and chips but was shocked to receive 2 jumbo sausage only managed one . Highly recommend.

1  Thank Wendy R
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Questions & Answers
January 22, 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
August 8, 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
July 1, 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, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, 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
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