Westview’s Snowdrop Festival soup

The gardens open during our Snowdrop Festival offer visitors the opportunity to see the first signs of spring, and discover the promise of what’s to come. In the cold month of February,  visitors will also be able to warm up with a bowl of home-made soup after their visit at some of our gardens.

For a delicious taster of what’s to come, Westview in Leicestershire share the recipe for the soup they will be serving at their garden opening later this month.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup


  1. Gently sweat the onion, sweet potato, ginger, garlic and star anise in the sunflower oil for 10 minutes in a large pan with the lid on
  2. Add the tomato puree, cinnamon, lentils and stock and bring to the boil.
  3. Simmer gently until the vegetables and lentils are cooked.
  4. Remove the star anise and blend soup until smooth.
  5. Check seasoning and stir in lime juice to taste. Serve with a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh mint.


About Westview

There are many interesting and unusual plants, many grown from seed, in this small walled, cottage garden. A formal box parterre herb garden, courtyard and woodland garden, small wildlife pond, greenhouse, and productive fruit and vegetable area underline the imaginative use of limited space. The garden is managed organically, relying on home-made compost and plant diversity to attract beneficial wildlife.

Find out more here.

Not all gardens offer refreshments. Those who do are marked with a tea-cup icon on their garden listing.



  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 550g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 150g red lentils
  • 1.5 litres vegetable stock
  • Juice of 1 or 2 limes
  • salt and pepper


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