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“Delicious”
Review of The Balancing Eel

The Balancing Eel
Ranked #25 of 143 Restaurants in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Fast Food, British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Delicious”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

I was recommended this place by another tourist and by a local. It did not disappoint. The owner was friendly and chatty, the food delicious. My only quirk was to pay 1.40 for a small glass of fizzy water. However, the fish and chips were excellent, fresh and tasty. Glad I went here.

  • Visited November 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“not battered!”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Visited St Ives recently and as with other coastal regions lots of F&C places, all offering more or less the same various prices!! checked out most of them along the sea front and then found the Balancing Eel. As soon as we walked in got a really friendly reception, decided to pay a bit extra for the privilege of sitting upstairs in the restaurant, but well worth it. Standard portion of cod and chips was amazing, the batter sooo light and a really meaty piece of fish, nice mushy peas and good ol fashioned chips. Partner had scampi and was of the same quality. Would definitely recommend this place and would visit again. Excellent guys well done! Best F&Chips I've had outside of OZ in a long time.

  • Visited November 2012
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Somerset
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39 reviews
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“Excelent Fish & Chips”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

There are so many places in St Ives to get F&C but this has got to be the best. Freshly cooked haddock fillets (2) and a large portion of chips split between us was ample. Staff friendly, good value great food, what more can you say!

  • Visited October 2012
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“The most gorgeous fish and chips!”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Went here as it was well rated on Tripadvisor and I'm so glad we did. There is a takeaway and a restaurant part, which we did use. We went upstairs and sat in. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The menu is full of choice and the food was cooked to perfection. Loved it. Excellent value for money and the most freshest of fish. Go and try it, it's brilliant.

  • Visited November 2012
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Winscombe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Best fish and chips”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

lunch time in St Ives, googled best fish and chips one contender The Balancing Eel ....
what a gem this turned out to be. Left with cod and chips piece of Haddock and two childrens meals, and a tub of curry sauce, sat on beach opposite and ate the best fish and chips I have had for years. Thoroughly recommend. Cant wait till next time.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank sean c
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