Balancing Eel

British, Fish and Chips·

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
British, Fish and Chips
Eat at Home
Takeaway service
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Child friendly
Food Hygiene Rating

About Balancing Eel

Places don't come much more traditional than this quirkily named chippie located in the heart of St Ives. The Balancing Eel has been a favourite among locals and tourists alike for many years thanks to its friendly service, prime location, and no-frills menu which has high quality local fish at its heart. Prices are kept incredibly reasonable at the Balancing Eel with very little on the menu costing over the £10 mark, while people of all ages are welcome including young children. Whether you're looking for a cheap yet tasty dinner at the end of a day exploring St Ives, or are simply wanting to grab a fish and chips to eat by the harbour, Balancing Eel has got you covered.

The restaurant itself is absolutely tiny and from the outside, it's a wonder that there's any space for dining in. On the ground floor is a standard counter where you can order food to take away. However, head up the stairs and you'll find a small dining area, kept free for those who want to eat at the restaurant. The space is as unpretentious as it comes with varnished wooden tables spread out around the room and plain white walls.

When it comes to the food menu at the Balancing Eel, there's everything you could possibly want or expect for a traditional chippie. A variety of different burgers, sausages, pies and pasties are available as well as jacket potatoes with toppings of your choice. However, the main event is obviously the selection of battered fish which include cod, plaice, haddock and more and come served with thick-cut chips, while you can also order mushy peas on the side. The menu is completed with a few dessert options and you can also order a soft drink to accompany your food.



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Location for Balancing Eel

10 Back Lane, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1LR

01736 796792


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-20:00
Tue 12:00-20:00
Wed 12:00-20:00
Thu 12:00-20:00
Fri 12:00-20:00
Sat 12:00-20:00
Sun 12:00-20:00

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