Historic Philanthropist Returns to Cardiff’s Coal Exchange After 127 Years


He was one of the most well-known and respected Welsh philanthropists and entrepreneurs of his time. Following an extensive £42m investment in the Coal Exchange by Signature Living, RP Culley once again returns to the Exchange Hotel 127 years later.

Signature Living and The Exchange Hotel Cardiff have launched their brand-new RP Culley & Co restaurant in tribute to Richard Palethorpe Culley and the important role that the former Coal Exchange played on the world stage.

Built around a theme of the “Haves” & “Have Nots” the restaurant pays homage to the history of the Welsh coal miners’ story and the history of the Coal Exchange, where the price of the worlds coal was set and where the first £1M cheque was signed. The “Haves” & the “Have Nots” illustrates the great extremes of Welsh coal mining history, the poverty contrasted against the opulence of the Exchange building where coal was traded as black gold.

Curated by renowned Welsh Head Chef Keith Clash, RP Culley & Co boasts an exciting menu sourced on the finest Welsh produce and ingredients. Wales boats some of the finest meat, fish and cheese produce in the UK with all ingredients sourced through local suppliers across Wales.

With its own range of RP Culley & Co wines and craft beers in association with Boss Brewery, Eccentric Gins and Tanners, guests can enjoy anything from a unique cocktail to a spirit luge. Wickedly Welsh chocolate have created a unique chocolate using Culley’s Smoked Ale.

The RP Culley & Co cocktail menu is designed as a timeline of mixed drinks through the ages starting with rustic communal punch, through prohibition classics, right up to modern day favourites such as the Porn Star Martini and the bar's own modern day creation, Tempus Fugit, all garnished beautifully with seasonal twists and some of the finest regional products.

RP Culley & Co also has its own unique private dining experience called “Carruthers @ Culleys” which can cater for up to 40 guests at a time for private dining, weddings, afternoon tea and special occasions

RP Culley – Richard Palethorpe Culley – was an iconic figure in Cardiff and played an important role in the history of The Coal Exchange. His big break came with the opening of the Cardiff Coal Exchange in 1886. Culley secured a catering contract with the Coal Exchange to work in the lavish Coal Exchange Restaurant.

A combination of Culley’s charisma and experience meant he excelled at rubbing shoulders with the establishment and building relationships. Culley wined and dined the Welsh coal industry’s self-made millionaires and most influential guests.