The Best Fish and Chips in St Ives

Charlotte Ballam

Whether it’s alfresco dining to the sound of lapping waves, the cry of gulls (look out) and the tang of vinegar filling the air or a reservation with a view and glass of crisp white wine, you are truly spoilt for choice for Fish and Chips in St Ives. Here are a few of the unanimous favourites:

Becks Fish and Chips

Eat in | Takeaway

Wearing the crown for best fish in chips in St Ives (according to TripAdvisor), the inevitable queue speaks for itself. An unfaltering favourite with locals and visitors alike, Becks Fish and Chips features a licensed restaurant with lounge area to complement their thriving take-away. In addition to the extensive menu Becks also offer gluten free options for all types of fish (cod, haddock, hake, plaice), scampi and their pizzas. Situated in Carbis Bay, a 5-minute drive away from your holiday cottage, Becks makes for an excellent quick fix supper to be enjoyed in the fresh air or back at your home-away-from-home.

fish and chips in St Ives

Harbour Fish & Chips

Eat in | Takeaway

Serving locally caught fish and seafood and boasting a glorious view onto the harbour, it’s no wonder that many make a beeline here for the best fish and chips in St Ives. With a vast array of battered or grilled fish to choose from (including mackerel, sea bass and lemon sol) everyone is well catered for here. Seafood lovers can indulge in squid, scallops, mussels, sardines and prawns and there is the option of chips or salad. Accompany your meal with a good bottle of wine or local beer! From your holiday cottage in St Ives, Harbour Fish & Chips is towards the far end of the Wharf, close to the Lifeboat House.

Fish and chips with a view in St Ives

The Balancing Eel

Eat in | Takeaway

(As shown in the main image) Frequently hailed as the best fish in chips in St Ives, a takeaway from the Balancing Eel is a quintessential part of a holiday in St Ives. Situated at the entrance to the Sloop car park, follow the mouthwatering aroma up the stairs and peruse a menu full of traditional seaside fayre. Should you wish to dine in, there is a restaurant upstairs but our recommendation is to enjoy these in the best way we know how: out of the paper in the fresh sea air!

fish and chips in a box by the sea

Porthminster Kitchen

Eat in

If the famous St Ives sunshine is nowhere to be seen and eating outdoors isn’t an option, Porthminster Kitchen’s light filled dining room is surely the next best thing. There’s little better than gazing out at panoramic views of the harbour whilst enjoying locally caught fish enveloped in delicious sour dough batter served with skinny fries. If the weather is on your side why not enjoy a drink or two on the balcony next to the sparkling sea for the ultimate treat.

lemons for fish and chips

The Beach Restaurant

Eat in | Takeaway

Owned and managed by the same local family since 1957, The Beach Restaurant is a long established favourite. Located in heart of the Wharf and elevated for phenomenal views across the bay, The Beach is fully licensed with a menu full of the best local fish and seafood as well as poultry, meat and game. Beneath the restaurant, you’ll find the only traditional wet fish counter in St Ives, boasting a plethora of locally landed (where possible) speciality fish and seafood as well as fish and chips all waiting to be tucked into at the water’s edge just metres away.

wetfish counter at the beach restaurant and takeaway

The best fish and chips in St Ives?

From hand cut chips to skinny fries, tempura to beer batter, mushy peas or curry sauce – beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder and the jury may be forever out on this one. If you’ve had the best fish and chips in St Ives, be sure to let us know so we can help spread the word.