End of an Era – The Quest for a Sheriff begins! 

Long established and well-known American diner and Live Music venue the Iron Horse Ranch House in Market Deeping near Peterborough is looking for a new owner due to current owner early retirement due to ill health. Since it was established in 2008 the family run establishment has become artistic hub for the whole community.

Owner Richard Swinscoe said “it’s been a really tough decision to sell the business after so many happy years and we are so grateful to have made so many lifelong friends from all over the country and the local community. My health has deteriorated badly over the last few years and at 65 years it will not improve. After long discussions with my family and staff, now is the time to sell to younger more energetic owners that can take the well-known Iron Horse Ranch House Brand to the next level. We have a great team here and they deserve a more dynamic owner to drive the business forward to its full potential to franchise.”

The Iron Horse Ranch House is popular location for fans of music from every genre and has hosted solo artists and duo’s through to Dr. Feelgood. We have promoted original music, covers bands, tribute bands, Ukulele Orchestras and Oompa Bands. We have also hosted several new album launches and featured in promotional videos for several up and coming bands. Recently The Willow Festival named a stage after us to thank us for our contribution to music in Peterborough which was a huge honor.

Over the years, literally hundreds of bands have played at the Iron Horse Ranch House and we have had several American and Irish bands start their UK and European tours here before going on London and other cities or major Music Festivals. The outside marquee can host up to 500 guests, so it is ideal for Music festivals, Weddings, Birthday and Anniversary parties.

The venue has 3 stages and our in-house equipment can provide basic sound and lighting for less established performers that do not have their own equipment.

The Iron Horse Ranch House has been the venue of choice for corporate and civic events, dog shows, indoor markets, motorcycle shows and most things in between.

Iron Horse proudly host the longest running weekly bike nights – every Thursday and they have been well supported over the last ten years. Throughout the year every weekend there are club visits from a wide range of riders and owners, Triumph, Norton, BSA, Harley Davidson, BMW, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Indian to name just few. Due to location, we have visitors from all over the country as they head to and from rallies, events and holidays. Local Scooter clubs have enjoyed their visits over the years, due to the warm welcome they get from staff that genuinely love all machines with two or three wheels.

Motorcycle manufacturers and distributors have hosted new model launch and test rides for Indian, CCM, BSA, and Zero this year alone. Freedom Motorcycles, Cambridgeshire Chopper Club, Cambridge Pinstripes have all held very well attended and successful Bike Shows and plan to do more.

The Distinguished Gentleman complete their annual ride at the venue and is a very popular event with the public that love the smart attire and varied mix of bikes.

Richard said “After over ten years of living the dream it will be hard to sell up and fully retire, but we are determined to find a buyer that wants to make this business even more successful and provide our hugely valued customers and staff with even more of what they love and enjoy. It would break my heart to sell to a food only Restaurant owner and I think the local community as well as Live Music lovers and Bikers that have supported us for so long would be very disappointed if I did! Iron Horse Ranch House will continue to operate as it always does under Verity and the team until new owners are found. All bookings and events still stand and the team can’t wait to see you”

All interested parties should contact Richard direct via e-mail [email protected].

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We are pleased to announce the opening of our BRAND NEW events area. This new space will become home to more LIVE EVENTS from music, to markets and weddings. With thanks to Business Lincolnshire – Rural Business Grant.

Available to hire for private events and weddings subject to availability. Please email [email protected] for more information.