I followed Rub Smokehouse on twitter pretty much as soon as they announced a Birmingham restaurant. A friend of mine is a frequent visitor to the one in Nottingham and always raves about how good it is. As soon as I saw that they were opening one in Birmingham I just knew I had to go.
Annoyingly as they officially opened my life turned into chaos and I just couldn’t get down to visit. So when the boy asked me where I would like to go for food for our anniversary, the answer was pretty easy.
The way Rub has been designed is fairly trendy, it has an American feel without being cliche and tacky. It is bold and loud, both of which work so well for this type of restaurant.
We were seated in a booth (made out of wooden pallets) and were quickly served drinks, (the iced tea is bottomless and also my favourite, perfect.) and then we got to peruse the menu. Although we later found that we had to wait 20 minutes each time we asked for a refill so maybe Iced Tea wasn’t the best choice! It did taste good though.
I have to start by saying that all of the food sounded great and it was hard to pick what to eat. After much discussion we decided on the Pulled Pork Garlic Pizza Bread to start and then decided to share the Big Boy USA in Little Italy (A double cheeseburger INSIDE a Calzone) that I had seen plastered all over their social media.
When it arrived, I have to say it looked phenomenal. The Calzone part tasted great unfortunately the burger was extremely dry and I did struggle to eat parts of it so I was a little disappointed. We couldn’t catch anyones attention so in the end I just ate what I could.
When we finally did mention it just before paying the bill, two members of staff were quite rude about it, which isn’t the response I really expected. I didn’t want to pay any less, I didn’t expect free food, I just wanted them to understand my disappointment. So this left me a little sour.
HOWEVER, just before leaving, another member of staff popped over to see if we had enjoyed the experience. I explained what had happened to him in brief and he was absolutely lovely. He said that he worked at the Nottingham branch and had for a while so maybe this is why. Truth be told this member of staff saved our experience. I had told so many people about Rub before we went and so I would have been a bit annoyed to have left with a bad impression, however thanks to this guy we will definitely consider revisiting.
Once Rub has been open a bit longer maybe the creases will be ironed out, I do hope so as both the menu and decor are amazing yet adventurous and everything that Birmingham has been needing!
Have you been to Rub Smokehouse? What did you think?
* This review isn’t sponsored, we paid for our own food and drink and as always all views are completely honest and 100% my own.