A popular community pub has closed because of huge rent rises.
The Woodman, in Joel Street, Eastcote, closed on Saturday after the owner, pub company Enterprise Inns, increased the rent from £42,000 to £56,000 a year.
The landlords, Alan and Marian Coleshill, who have spent more than £100,000 on the pub since they bought the tenancy eight years ago, said they were forced to close because Enterprise refused to help them.
They were initially going to close last November, but stuck with it in the hope their daughter would be able to take over.
Mrs Coleshill said: "My daughter offered them a new deal and they said 'no', so we decided enough was enough.
"We tried to find a solution with them but they wouldn't reduce the rent and, along with the cost of the beer which they have now put up by double the rate of inflation, it has effectively starved us out of the market.
"They just want to make money out of other people's hard work.
"We still owe them rent but we will go bankrupt if we have to pay it.
"I am glad to be going. It's a great relief to get it off our shoulders, but it has been great being part of the community.
"Our customers and friends have helped us to put The Woodman on the map.
"People here are very upset and we have a lot of regulars because it's very much a community pub.
"A lot of them don't know where they are going to go now."
The couple packed up their things and said goodbye to the pub on Monday before moving back to their home in Heston.
Mrs Coleshill said: "We were sad to leave but we are glad it's over. We've also realised how foolish we have been.
"It has made Alan very ill and the doctor has told him not to work.
"I am just going to take it easy for a little while and probably just do a bit of part time work."
Enterprise Inns refused to discuss the situation with the Gazette, and the pub, for now, remains closed.