Please note, Rub Smokehouse closed permanently in January 2019.
For £12.95 a person, booked in advance, you could eat all you can eat pizza (each slice is brought individually and you must finish each slice before requesting the next one) for an hour and a half. The current record stands at 20 slices, and if you beat it, you can win £100 in Rub vouchers. Bite Your Brum, Miss Pond and Kat’s Blog of Stuff decided we weren’t quite ready for 20 slices of pizza, but we could still make a pretty good attempt at shovelling in LOTS of pizza.
The pizzas on offer are all a little…unusual. I tried four of the six pizzas on offer (choosing to pass on the slightly dry looking Nacho Cheese Monster and the classily named Mystery Ring Sting). The Mad Korean was by far my favourite. The toppings are Pulled BBQ Pork with a Korean BBQ Sauce, Spring Onions, Sesame Seeds, Kimchi, Chilli, Mozzarella & Prawn Cracker Dust. The BBQ sauce was tangy and the prawn cracker dust slightly melts into the topping adding an interesting chewier texture. This was a very popular option round the table and we all ate lots of it, enjoying the addition of kimchi immensely. The Mac n Cheetos (Mac n Cheese with Cheetos & Mozzarella) was mostly confusing. It was tasty, although we found the slices were much tastier if you got the first few slices of a batch. The longer the pizza stayed on the tray, the more the mac ‘n’ cheese solidified, and it was much nicer a bit sloppier. The cheetos were a bit challenging to keep on top of the slice while you were chomping, and I do feel pasta and crisps on pizza is a lot of carb in one go, even for me. It’s also on a barbecue base, which is never my favourite.
The Idaho State Fair (Frankfurter, Buffalo Sauce Popcorn, Dill Pickles, French Mustard & Ketchup Base) was also really good. The pickles and the mustard add tang, and the frankfurter pieces were juicy and tasty. I did prefer this without the popcorn though, as I didn’t think it added anything except getting stuck in your teeth. The Katsu Chick Flick (Japanese Curry Sauce, mini chicken nuggets, pickled ginger, mozzarella and crushed spicy rice crackers) was the one we were all looking forward to, but it was actually a bit disappointing. Kat was presented with a slice that didn’t actually have any of the chicken nuggets on it, and while the slices were well smeared with katsu sauce, the other toppings were a little sparse. What was there was delicious though.
Cocktails are two-for-one all night during the event (classic cocktails are two-for-one 11am til 7pm and 10pm til close usually). I started with the Bourbon Peach Smash (£8.50), which is Buffalo Trace, Briottet Creme de Peche, sugar syrup, fresh mint, lemon juice and soda water. It had a good peach flavour without being overly sweet, although a splash more bourbon wouldn’t have gone amiss. I do like my cocktails boozy though, so perhaps if you’re not so inclined, you wouldn’t miss it. I followed it with a Bramble (£7.95), which is Brokers Gin, Briottet Creme de Mure and lemon juice. It was sharp and delicious, and I think the best of the two cocktails I tried.
Rub is, to be honest, slightly mad. The menu is all enormous American classics (there is SO much stuff I want to go back and try, like the Pizza Fries, Risket for a Brisket, the Hoagies and of course the truly ludicrous Kitchen Sink Sundae) and the decor is all american diner in feel, with lights, posters and all sorts of bonkersness all over the walls. The staff were all super friendly, despite how busy and noisy it was. If you’re looking for a bit of a unique dining experience, keep your eye out for future events and eating challenges.
Our food was complementary in exchange for a blog post, but we paid for our own drinks. All opinions are honest and my own.