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The Balancing Eel

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The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
01736-79-67-92
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed August 26, 2016

This was our third visit to the Balancing Eel and now it has become a "must do" in St. Ives. The food is excellent and the staff are friendly and helpful. If you want fish and chips (and mushy peas 😋) cooked the right way then this is the place to go.

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1 Thank Ann T
England
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2016

We had fish, scampi, a burger and chips and it was all excellent. The chips particularly were cooked to perfection.

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Very good and had gluten free options. Very helpful. Friendly. Good choices. Good very tasty meals. A must visit in busy st Ives. Quaint booths

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1 Thank Sidneyee
Wiltshire
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

We visit st Ives almost every year and we always have fish and chips from here. This year we sat in the restaurant. Never done it before but it was brill! Great fish really fresh. There's a lot of choice in St Ives but these guys are one of the best. You should try it yourself you will not be... More 

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South Molton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2016

On a day visit to St Ives with my partner and her Aunt and Uncle who are in their seventies, we planned on treating ourselves to fish and chips for lunch. We are self-confessed 'food snobs' and love our food to be as fresh as possible, and made from good quality, natural ingredients with no nasty additives etc. Because of... More 

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Thank gemma412
BeelOwner, Owner at The Balancing Eel, responded to this review

Hi Gemma, thank you for your kind words. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to St Ives too. More 

Bedford
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215 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Fresh delicious and tasty, fish and chips as you expect them to be. Cooked to order quickly and efficiently by the friendliest staff you shall ever come across. Wonderful Bater and great chips this was our first visit this week. I'm sure we will return. Also do steamed fish

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Thank Stewoo7
BeelOwner, Owner at The Balancing Eel, responded to this review

Hi Stewoo7, thank you for your kind words. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your comments about the staff - it is always very welcome, and I shall pass on your comments to them! We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. More 

St Ives
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Wow the best fish and chips ever! The haddock is to die for. Chips hand cut and freshly done daily. Good menu for children and friendly staff. Hungry? Go and try it you won't regret it! They also have a great restaurant upstairs if you don't fancy a takeaway.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Balancing Eell is a must visit for us whenever visiting St Ives we usually just go for takeaway but sat down in the Restaurant this time and we're not disappointed. Friendly staff allowed us to bring in beach stuff and store whilst we ate...when we mentioned that a Rattler would make the meal the waitress suggested John's Off Licence as... More 

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1 Thank Richard S
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275 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2016

This restaurant is not located on the main beach road, so it doesn't share the fabulous views of the other restaurants. Having said that, the food was really fresh and tasty. They don't offer a grilled option, only fried and steamed. I had steamed fish and salad, which was really good. The portion size was adequate. The service was efficient... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2016

A visit to St Ives isn't complete without a fish and chip supper in the Balancing Eel. In years gone by we would purchase fish and chips and enjoy them sat on Smeatons Pier. Sadly too many seagulls waiting to mug you of your food has stopped that. Never mind, the staff are friendly and helpful. The portion sizes are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Fast Food, British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids, Dining on a budget
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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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
Bristol, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?