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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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Somerset, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Short review...best chippy I know and a St Ives legend! Never, ever been disappointed and the curry sauce is...wow!

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

Thank you Paul - lovely comments and glad you enjoy your visits! More 

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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Did not disappoint 5 of us went here and we all loved it,very hot filling and batter was lush,service was very good the young lad was polite and attentive will be back yummy

1 Thank BrendaTruro
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We go to St Ives twice a year and our first stop for food is The Balancing Eel, and our last meal of the trip is at the same place, It's a lovely food outlet and although we are vegetarian, and we can't sample the seafood on offer, we love the chips and mushy peas, sometimes with a pickled egg... More 

1 Thank Sue C
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Whenever we go to St. Ives, our first night there always includes a visit to the Balancing Eel. The best fish and chips ever and the bag of chips after a night of revelry on New Year's Eve......magic!

1 Thank slaurence25
Dudley, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We always head to this (eat-in) restaurant when in St Ives, because we know it offers excellent value for money. A Good basic menu and beautifully presented (just far too much for me to eat). Service is quick and served by very efficient and friendly staff. On our last visit I just had to take a photo, because I was... More 

1 Thank smorris44
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

We come to St.ives about 4 times a year usually out of season and look forward to a fish and chip supper. The balancing eel is by far the best in town. Staff are friendly and everything is cooked fresh to order. The chips are real potatoes- none of these pre prepared frozen rubbish. I recommend everyone to try this... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

From the excellent reviews our hopes were raised. On our two visits the fish was greasy and no large fish available....perhaps we were just unlucky.

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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Very greasy fish and chips Soft and not crispy either. I would not recommend. We were very disappointed after reading good reviews.

Thank Linda L
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Called in for fish and chips , superb some of the best I have ever tasted , all freshly cooked , very reasonable and lovely friendly staff , well recommended we will be visiting again while we are here

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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

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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
Fast food, British, Seafood
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, 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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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?