"Room Service? - Send up a bigger room"

The Shakespeare Hotel in Vilnius started me thinking. Not because of its name, or its book-lined 'library room', or even the fact of its proximity to Vilnius University, where I was currently working. The Shakespeare and the Kempinsky in University Street are my two Lithuanian favourites, not least because of the latter's Tappa snacks. Seared Escalope of Foie Gras and Beluga Lentils, need I say more?
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