GEORGE Osborne’s favourite burger chain is opening in York this month, creating 40 jobs.

Byron will open a 108-seater restaurant in the former Danish Kitchen building in High Ousegate on April 18.

Tom Byng, founder of the chain, said: “We’re very happy to be opening in the capital of the north, at the heart of one of the country’s most beautiful and historic cities.

“I hope that York’s proper hamburger lovers are as excited as we are about our arrival.”

Byron found itself in the headlines last year when the Chancellor tweeted a picture of himself eating one of the brand’s burgers. Mr Osborne was dubbed “out of touch”, due to Byron’s gourmet reputation.

The chain was founded six years ago, and until recently was owned by the Gondola Group, which also owns Pizza Express and Zizzi. It was sold at the end of last year for £100 million to Wagamama’s parent company Hutton Collins Partners.

As well as 29 sites in London, Byron has restaurants in Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford, Kent and Cambridge.

The Danish Kitchen family cafe business sold its lease earlier this year after 35 years, with the loss of 17 jobs.