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Have you got your map ready to mark all the places serving the best fish and chips in St Ives?

Even if you stayed in St Ives for two weeks you can eat fish and chips at a different restaurant or take away every single day and have a few places left.

The people of St Ives do eat other dishes, but fish and chips in St Ives is extra special with fresh fish delivered daily and a harbour wall that is asking to be sat on.

Get ready to mark your favourite of these 10 places to try fish and chips in St Ives.

Eat in, take away, gourmet or traditional. You choose!

1. Harbour Fish and Chips

2. The Balancing Eel

3. The Albatross

4. Becks Fish and Chips

5. The Mermaid

6. The Seafood Cafe

7. Sharky’s Fish and Chips

8. Pedn Olva Hotel

9. Coast to Go

10. Porthminster Beach Cafe

Delicious fish and Chips take away meal enjoyed on the beach
Delicious fish and Chips take away meal enjoyed on the beach

1. Harbour Fish and Chips, St Ives

Famed for their large portions, this gourmet cafe and takeaway is on the harbour and has a comprehensive menu if you are looking for a full seafood experience.

  • Eat in or takeaway
  • Grilled fish
  • Harbour front views
  • Child friendly
  • Wine menu
  • Local fishmongers Mathew Stevens of St Ives

2. The Balancing Eel, St Ives

A popular cafe/takeaway right in the centre of St Ives who ‘prepare fish and chips the traditional way’. Locally sourced, of course.

  • Eat in or takeaway
  • Welcomes large groups
  • Next door to The Sloop
  • Car park behind  
  • Child friendly
  • Mindful of sustainable fishing

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St Ives Cornwall England with boats in the harbour and blue sea and sky in this traditional Cornish fishing town in the UK

3. The Albatross, St Ives

Claiming to be the oldest fish & chip shop in the seaside town of St Ives, frying since 1918, their passion is producing top notch grub!

  • Off the main tourist streets
  • Food served piping hot
  • Takeaway Service
  • Locally sourced coffee
  • Lunch and Dinner

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4. Becks Fish and Chips, St Ives

A proper established Cornish family business with lots of character serving good quality traditional meals.

  • Very large car park
  • Gluten free options
  • Sustainably sourced fish
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Full restaurant menu
  • Eat in and takeaway

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5. The Mermaid, St Ives

One of the oldest family fun restaurants in St Ives, and based in the old fishing quarter, this is arguably one of the most romantic seafood restaurants in town.

  • Along narrow cobbled streets
  • Sit down meal
  • Freshest locally caught seafood
  • Lobsters in summer
  • Full restaurant menu
  • Carefully selected wine list

6. The Seafood Cafe, St Ives

The Seafood Cafe is a very classy establishment on Fore Street so pop your glad rags on for a posh fish and chips.

  • Sit down meal
  • Table service
  • Unique dining experience
  • Fresh local fish & shellfish

St Ives, UK – June 14, 2009: View across the harbour at St Ives, Cornwall. Boats can be seen moored in the harbour and people can be seen on the promenade.

7. Sharky’s Fish and Chips, St Ives

A local’s secret that is hidden away on an industrial estate slightly out of town in Penbeagle St Ives. A proper chippy that will have you going back for more.

  • Proper traditional takeaway
  • Local’s best kept secret
  • Large portions
  • Bring your own wine
  • Welcomes large groups
  • Seating area upstairs

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8. Pedn Olva Hotel, St Ives

Known for its restaurant views and full length windows, enjoy a delicious plate of fish and chips whilst gazing at the Atlantic.

  • Amazing sea views
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Above beach on rocks
  • Highly-rated restaurant
  • Sit down dining experience
  • Cornish Ingredients
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9. Coast to Go, St Ives

Situated right on the harbour, this takeaway serves fish and chips along with pizza, crepes and hand-pressed burgers.

  • Harbour front takeaway
  • 10am opening
  • Large takeaway menu
  • Friendly staff
  • Stunning views whilst you wait

10. Porthminster Beach Cafe

A hugely popular cafe on the seafront offering fish and chips on their lunchtime menu (as well as the tastiest crispy fried squid on the planet!).

  • Uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse
  • Sit Down lunchtime meal
  • Multi award winning seafood restaurant
  • Locally sourced food
  • Small Batch Roasting Coffee, St Ives

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A stay in St Ives is not complete without eating some fish and chips. Are you going for a sit down meal or taking your meal to the beach and harbour?

If it is the latter then watch out for the seagulls! Also, double check for summer opening times.

If you fancy more than chips and fish, see our complete guide to restaurants in St Ives, from Chinese to dinner on the beach.

Here are some more Fish and Chips beyond St Ives that are famous in Cornwall!

Peckish Fish and Chip Shop in Camelford

Run by Rob and Louise and their skilled team, they are proud to say that they only use fish from sustainable sources and the best quality potatoes around; they even make their very own tartare sauce. Customers say “By far the best fish and chips I’ve ever had”. There is an extensive menu, including vegetarian options.

Peckish is located in Victoria Road, Camelford and open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon- 1:30 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm.

Steins Fish and Chips Restaurant and Takeaway, Padstow

This fish and chip shop is both a takeaway and restaurant and probably the most famous in Cornwall due to Rick Stein being a familiar face on TV and notable British Chef personality.

You can rely on the fish being fresh, often landed in Padstow and in fact and there is a good variety of other seafood on the menu too, including hake, plaice, haddock and lemon sole as well as the traditional cod.

They make their own mushy peas, curry sauce and tartare sauce plus they cater for gluten free diets too. They don’t take bookings for the restaurant so get there early to guarantee a table.

Opening times, restaurant and takeaway, are: Monday-Sunday 11:30 am – 3 pm. Thursday, Friday and Saturday is 5 pm – 8:30 pm.

Port and Starboard, Indian Queens, St Columb

Award winning Fish and Chips from a father and son duo. Eat in or takeaway the choice is yours. All food is freshly cooked using only the best produce. Fish available includes cod, haddock, plaice, and rock salmon all from sustainable sources. Save room for ice cream.

Lunchtime opening is: Restaurant: 12 pm – 1:45 pm. Takeaway: 12 pm – 2 pm.
Evening opening: Monday to Thursday. Restaurant: 4:45 pm- 8 pm. Takeaway: Take Away 12 pm – 2 pm.

Friday and Saturday – Restaurant: 4:45 pm – 8:30pm. Takeaway: 4:45 pm – 8:30 pm.

Harbour Lights Falmouth

“Fish and chips is in the DNA of being British”, says Harbour Lights who were crowned “Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the year 2017”. There is always a variety of Cornish fish on their menu as well as best sellers: cod and haddock.

The chips are award winning, too, and cooked in rapeseed and palm oil using only the finest Cornish potatoes. We think a queue out the door is always a good sign and if the restaurant area is full take a stroll down the adjoining road to the harbour and dangle your legs over the side. It can’t get better than this.

Opening times:
Restaurant: Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 8pm. Friday and Saturday 11:30am – 8:30pm
Takeaway: Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 8:30pm and Friday and Saturday 11:30am – 9pm

So there you have it, precious information shared; the only thing you have to decide now is tomato sauce or mayonnaise.

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