ELMORE'S Shamrock Hotel has reopened after extensive renovations.
Publican Norma Tieman shut up shop last year to give the bar and dining room a facelift.
Ms Tieman reopened the doors recently to coincide with a cancer fundraiser at the hotel.
"We're back to the original floor and we used to have old wooden panel boards around the walls, which was dark and dingy," she said.
"So we've re-plastered and have new shelving and moved things around a bit.
"We're much brighter and more modern now.
"Everyone's been in to have a look and we've had a lovely response."
Ms Tieman said it was great being a publican in a rural community such as Elmore, which is north-east of Bendigo.
"It is fantastic because you know everybody and everybody knows you," she said.
"In a small community everyone knows everyone.
"So in a lot of ways that's an advantage.
"You never have trouble because you know everyone and you know which kids are underage, so you don't have to worry about things like that.
"You don't deal with a lot of the problems you might get in a bigger place like Bendigo."
The Shamrock Hotel is open seven-days-a-week with opening hours yet to be finalised.
"We will be doing meals, we're just finalising the staff for the kitchen," Ms Tieman said.
Ms Tieman said it was great to work alongside people like 19-year-old Mary Hoare.
"Mary's brother used to work for me and then he went off and did other things," she said.
"That's what happens in little towns because the young ones move on.
"He said to me that Mary would like a job so she started off cleaning and helping me clean when she was a teenager and she's now an all-rounder.
"She'll be helping with baking and we'll train her up to do some bar work."
Ms Tieman is a former school teacher and fell in love with the hotel when she was travelling between Echuca and Bendigo.
"I loved the building," she said.