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The Balancing Eel

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The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Eat in or take away. Great fish and chips. Enough said. A mean pasty also. Rambling now to meet TripAdvisor rules for review length!

1 Thank chri571
Derby, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Lovely Fish & Chips to either eat in or take out. Staff are always pleasant & food was cooked to order too. Would happily go back next time we're in St Ives.

1 Thank pat w
Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Have been in St Ives all week and have to say that this is undoubtedly the best place for fish and chips. Lovely fish with light crispy batter, served by polite and friendly staff. What's not to like? If you are in St Ives then this is a must do. The seafood platter is a treat.

1 Thank Redland4451
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Great fish and chips, great service and you can take your own booze! Worth a visit and good value. We all had cod and chips with mushy peas, there wasn't much left! Can eat in or take away.

1 Thank NAJenn
Chester, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We love he Balancing Eel. Everything is freshly cooked before you, and the range of fish is impressive. The curry sauce and mushy peas are an added bonus! Tucked up just off the harbour front, the Balancing Eel is, in our opinion, the place to go for your fish and chips when you are in St Ives.

1 Thank Gary W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

What more can I say other than 'best fish n chips I have ever had!!!' Honestly, I wish I lived in St Ives so I could be nearer to the balancing Eel.... Absolutely delicious food & great service, I currently have withdrawal symptoms! Cannot wait to eat here again when I next visit St Ives :) strongly recommend!

1 Thank Plip87
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

This place is amazing. Food is freshly cooked to order and the friendly and very helpful staff will often entertain you whilst you wait! These guys are always happy! If you choose to stay away from the seagulls there is a lovely restaurant upstairs with pretty much the same menu. We had Cod and Chips, the batter was light, fish... More 

1 Thank Snowpr1ncess
Romsey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The first time I have tried this business calling at tea time. Assertive staff, that answered questions about product availability in a demeaning way. Food was supplied quickly, however chips were bland of poor texture, and probably lunchtime leftovers. Fish was barely cooked, poor taste and texture, batter thin and bland. Overall compared with other establishments very poor.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Nice little fish and chip shop, we decided to take away as our cottage was within 10 feet. Not enough staff on, seemingly only two people running the kitchen and it was busy. Only 3 stars, the cod was good as expected but the batter was poor, greasy and under done. Ruined a good piece of cod really.

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

Hello benkistell Thank you for taking your time to review your visit to the Balancing Eel. I am sorry that your purchase was not to your expectations and clearly we have not measured up on this occasion. I think you have hit the nail on the head with your assessment of how it was at this particular time, whilst we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Me and my family come to Cornwall every year and always go to the balancing eel our favourite chip shop! The chips are tasty and in good portions and the cod is lovely!

1 Thank Jodie F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Fast food, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, 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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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?